Lazurite Ps. After Mica
Small Cabinet, 5.6 x 4.5 x 4.0 cm
Sar-e-Sang Lapis Mine, Badakshan Prov., Afghanistan
Ex. Herb Obodda

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Perched aesthetically on white marble, and contrasting beautifully, is a starkly displayed royal blue-colored lazurite crystal measuring 2.5 cm in length. The crystal is complete all around and is definitely the WRONG shape for the species! It is, in fact, one of the very rare examples of Lazurite replacing (pseudomorphing after) a previous crystal of Phlogopite mica. In the presentation, balance, and size of the specimen overall, this is one of the very finest examples of the replacement that we have seen. From the personal collection of Herb Obodda, who exported many of these Afghani pieces in the 1980s and 1990s. It is a startling piece when seen in person. Large miniature or small, small cabinet size.
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