98. A Timurid Lapis Lazuli Spoon

Central Asia or Iran, 15th century
Size: 14 cm long

Lapis lazuli was exported from Afghanistan throughout the Ancient World over millennia.During the Islamic period it reappeared mainly as the pulverised ingredient of the sparkling blue pigment in miniature paintings, or as inlaid details in luxury objects. It is rare to find something entirely made of the stone. This spoon is an exception, and chimes perfectly with the refined Timurid culture of the 15th century.