A rare Egyptian Lapis Lazuli Ball Bead Pendant, Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1069 - 745 BCE
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During the Third Intermediate Period, hard stone beads of lapis lazuli and carnelian were the most prevalent, both prized for their rarity and allure, and treasured for their matchless beauty, mystical power, symbolism, and worth. The varying proportions of minerals that make up the complex nature of lapis lazuli determine its depth of color. The ancient Egyptian prized it highly, placing it immediately after gold and silver in lists of valuable materials.
Bibliography: Xia, Nai. Beads p. 127.
Dimensions: Bead length: 8 mm. Strung on an adjustable 18-inch 14k gold chain.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: J.W. private collection, Georgia, assembled in the early 1980s, thereafter private NY collection.