Lapis Head. Persepolis, Iran Tehran Museum.
Lapis Head, h. 6.5 cm. ca. 6th-5th c. BCE, from Persepolis, the opulent ceremonial capital built by the Acahemenids who built a highway through Afghanistan to facilitate trade. Lapis lazuli (Blue Stone) from the Afghan mines in Badakhshan was a luxury trade item that had been sought after as far back as Neolithic times 7,000 years ago. It continued to be prized down through the centuries, from the Indus Valley, across Egypt as far west as Mesopotamia (Iraq/Syria).
Photo: Louis Dupree taken from Edith porada, Ancient Iran: The Art of Prehistoric Times, 1962.
- acku Afghanistan
- Image Size
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- Contained in galleries
- NATIONAL MUSEUM I - BCE (Before Common Era)