The deep blue freeform not polished, speckled with thin veins of pyrite, support on custom stand.
9 x 4 x 3½in. (23 x 10 x 9cm.)
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Mined and prized for millennia, lapis has been used throughout history as a decorative stone -- from the funerary mask of Tutankhamun through to being ground up to use as (an extremely expensive) pigment in the Renaissance.
Lapis with a colour as deep as the present example are normally broken and used for the jewellery industry, and it is thus rare to see a specimen of this quality and size.