Afghanistan's Blue Treasure: Lapis Lazuli

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This work by Lailee McNair Bakhtiar brings forth information on the history and utilization of lapis lazuli since ancient times. The documentation lends an understanding for the story of this blue stone, which has been appreciated since antiquity. It addresses archeological and historical facts and reveals the importance of the mineral, as it was utilized as a talisman Lapis lazuli is a semi precious stone which appears in the most ancient civilizations known to man. It is found in Neolithic tombs in Mauritania and in the Caucasus. In Mesopotamia archeological finds have shown the evolution of the economic and artistic uses of the ornamental stone. In ancient Sumer, the stone was used thousands of years ago. This mineral arrived from Badakshan, Afghanistan and Mesopotamia, was a central commercial destination for this precious material that artists transformed to luxury objects. The trade between ancient Iraq and Afghanistan occurred over 4,000 years ago and at a distance of more that 2500 kilometers to the East. The importation of lapis was particularly important at the beginning of the Third dynasty which marked the apogee of Ur. The objects that artists created included cylinder seals, necklaces, animal statuettes, and inlay on important statues. Much of the lapis from Ur is conserved in the British Museum. These objects demonstrate a high degree of sophistication in the art of glyptic. The abundance of lapis lazuli in the tombs showed its demand, which continued in traditions in Persia and the Orient due to the ritual value of lapis lazuli. Lapis lazuli was exported to Egypt from Iraq in the predynastic period and was found in the wealthiest of the tombs of the first dynasties. Since earliest times the people of the Orient, the Hebrews, Persians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Egyptians utilized the blue stone 4 for ornamentation. Later, due to its exceptional blue color, lapis lazuli was used to illuminate the paintings of the Renaissance until J.B. Guimet, in 1826, discovered a method to synthesize and prepare a blue pigment in large quantities at a lower price. Today lapis lazuli is used in jewelry and in decorative arts. Lapis lazuli is abundant in the marketplace and has been exchanged in the aftermath of the war with the Soviet Union (Russia). In a well-documented work, Ms. Lailee McNair Bakhtiar brings together numerous historical data and facts on the uses of lapis lazuli since ancient times. This documentation brings light to the blue stone and an appreciation of its ancient sources. This book addresses both archeological and historic facts for the general public who might find the information about the blue mineral used as a talisman and embellishment of note by civilizations that have disappeared. Images of Lapis Lazuli artifacts from the Vatican Museum, the British Museum, the Sorbonne and more included!

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Lailee McNair Bakhtiar, former TV host/Authors & Critics, PBS KCSM-TV, is an independent scholar on lapis lazuli from Afghanistan. See YouTube, Afghanistan s Blue Treasure: Lapis Lazuli. The author travelled on a section of The Great Khorassan High- way , the connection between Susa in Elam to Ur in Mesopotamia. Graduate BA University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, MAT College of Notre Dame de Namur, Belmont, Ca, She has three children: Vince, Soraya, Hague van Dillen and lives by the Severn River in Annapolis, MD. Books by author include They Shake the Desert Sands, Harem Letters, Mending Nations, Chai, Roses of Isfahan and Midnight Tales.

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