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December 14, 2012


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I spent a day at the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China earlier in the year and one can see the rare and splendid lapis-derived blue there as well. The uses seem many, from the color of offical's robes to the ether around the flying asparas to the skin of bodhisatvas.

But as you noted, it is always used to denote high status, extreme beauty or a specialness of being.

Now, lapis is mined in many places, but back then (as long ago as th 3rd M BCE) it was traded with Mesopotamian kingdoms and China for the very highest quality goods. And thus, was the origin of the Silk Road. . .

Wonderful post!

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