Lapis Lazuli Stone

by labdagatic on May 18, 2018

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Lapis lazuli (sometimes shortened to lapis) is a deep blue semi-precious stone that has been appreciated for its unique intense color. Lapis lazuli was first being mined in the Sar-i Sang mines and in other mines in the Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan since 7th millennium BC, Lapis beads artifact have been found at neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and even as far from Afghanistan as Mauritania. It was also used for the eyebrows on the funeral mask of King Tutankhamun (1341–1323 BC).

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At the end of the Middle Ages, Europe began to import lapis lazuli, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments used for painting. It was used by some of the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque era, including Masaccio, Perugino, Titian and Vermeer, and was often embedded on the clothing of the central figure of the painting, especially the Virgin Mary.

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Lapis can be used as a great polish and can be made into adornments, carvings, boxes, mosaics, ornaments, and vases. It was additionally ground and processed to make the color ultramarine, generally used amid the Renaissance as a part of frescoes and oil painting. Its utilization as a color in oil paint largely ended in the early nineteenth century when an chemically identical artificial variety was invented.