Lapis Lazuli: Ancient Egypt’s “Splendid and Costly Stone”

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Lapis Lazuli: Ancient Egypt’s “Splendid and Costly Stone”

Post by khentiamentiu » Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:32 pm


The Northern California Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt; the Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley; and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley, are sponsoring the following lecture:

Lapis Lazuli: Ancient Egypt’s “Splendid and Costly Stone”

By Dr. Diana Craig-Patch
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, September 11, 2016
WHERE: 20 Barrows Hall, Barrow Lane and Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley
There is no admission, but donations are welcomed.


Lapis lazuli was mined in the hills of Afghanistan and traded over 3000 miles into Egypt. This brilliant deep blue stone was highly desirable to the ancient Egyptians for the symbolism its color epitomized, and they called it “a costly precious stone from the God’s Land.” Found first as beads in Predynastic burials, lapis lazuli was regularly used throughout Egyptian history in jewelry and for small objects, such as amulets and the exceptional statuette. This lecture discusses the evolution of lapis lazuli’s use in ancient Egypt and how the stone’s importance can be better understood from considering the objects made from this rare deep blue stone.


Diana Craig-Patch, Lila Acheson Wallace Curator in Charge, is an Egyptologist specializing in archaeology, who received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. During her tenure at the Met, Patch has curated The Dawn of Egyptian Art (2012), an exhibition that demonstrated how Predynastic art contributed to the foundation of Pharaonic culture, and the exhibition Cleopatra's Needle (2013–14), which celebrated the Central Park icon. Additionally, she co-curated the reinstallation of the Predynastic and Early Dynastic gallery (2003). Patch has taught courses at the Institute of Fine Arts, City University of New York, and Rutgers University, and also lectures extensively. For the past thirty-five years, Patch has carried out fieldwork in Egypt and currently is co-director of the Joint Expedition to Malqata—a project for mapping, excavating, and restoring the festival city of Amenhotep III in western Thebes.

Selected Publications:

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Patch, Diana Craig. "By Necessity or Design: A Study of Faience Use in Ancient Egyptian Culture." In Gifts of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Faience, by Florence Friedman, et al., 32–45. London: Thames & Hudson, 1998.
———. "A 'Lower Egyptian' Costume: Its Origin, Development, and Meaning." In Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 32 (1995): 93–116.


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