Lapis Calligraphy necklace

    SKU: cmcn416050

    £195.00 Members' price *


    A Middle-Eastern silver and lapis necklace inspired by Afghan prayer beads and inscribed with Persian poetry.

    The design of this lapis lazuli necklace was inspired by the traditional prayer beads (Tasbeh) used Afghanistan since ancient times, and the silver bead symbolizes the different shaped bead often included to help with counting. It is inscribed with the poetry of Hafez, a Persian poet widely admired in Afghanistan, and the designer’s own calligraphy.

    Afghanistan was the source of lapis lazuli for the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations, as well as the later Greeks and Romans. The best lapis lazuli is found in Badakhshan province in northeastern Afghanistan and has been used for millennia in jewellery. The word lazuli is derived ultimately from the Persian lāzhward, the name of a place where it was mined and which came to be associated with the stone and, eventually, with its colour.

    This piece is part of a British Museum selection from the designer Sima Vaziry.


    Product code: cmcn416050
    Exhibition: Afghanistan
    World culture: Assyria and Persia
    Material: Pure silver and lapis lazuli beads. Sterling silver chain and fixtures.
    Size: Approx. 18 inches long x 2cm wide
    Weight: 0.09kg
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