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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The lapis-lazuli is popular in the tribal areas of North West Pakistan. It is of a brilliant blue color with golden specks caused by inclusions of iron pyrites. It is believed to promote self-knowledge, abundance, wisdom, honesty and communication. It is commonly called the stone of friendship. The three silver plates are decorated with geometrical floral motifs in cloisonne enamel, symbolizing the color of lapis lazuli. Utmost technique is required for such a piece and it is rarely found today.

History of the Object
In the Punjab Province of Pakistan, the craft of making jewellery is done by a specific group of artisans. These people inherit the skills by direct descent from father to son. Gems and semi precious stones are worn not only for fashion purposes but they are also worn under the prescription of astrologers and spiritual leaders to protect the wearer from evil.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Silver, Enamel 
Measurements
60 cm. Pendant: 10 cm. Pendant 8 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Multan, Pakistan 
Geography
Pakistan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; Late 19th Century 
Function
Ceremonial Jewellery 
Acquisition
Purchased in UK 
Copyright
World Jewellery Museum 
Acknowledgements
John Bigelow Taylor. Splendor of Ethnic Jewellery. From Colette and Jean Pierre Ghysels Collection. Harry N. Abrams. 1994. 
Owner
World Jewellery Museum 
Museum
World Jewellery Museum 
Credit line
World Jewellery Museum 

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