Sale 16453
Sculpted by Nature: Fossils, Minerals and Meteorites
Online 1 - 8 November 2018

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.

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This lot is offered by Christie Manson & Woods Ltd