Lapis & Turquoise Covered Statues
Lapis & Turquoise Covered Statues is most selling Handicraft in Nepal which is created and designer to make statues beautiful. Another element of metal sculpture that draws the attention of the viewer are the delicately inlaid precious and semi precious stones that dot the shining gold surface of these statues. The stones are varied, including lapis and garnet or spinel ruby, and sometimes artificial—instead of using turquoise, for instance, many craftsmen preferred glass stones in blue and green. The stones are meticulously shaped—round, square, rectangular, teardrop or arabesque—to fit the miniature settings which are cleverly worked to receive them, and the overall effect is stunning.
Surely there is no more luxurious tribute to the power of faith in South Asia than the often diminutive sculptures, delicately cast, finished in pure gold and studded with a myriad of precisely set stones of many colours.
Lapis lazuli is found in limestone in the Kokcha River valley of Badakhshan province in northeastern Afghanistan, where the Sar-e-Sang mine deposits have been worked for more than 6,000 years. Afghanistan was the source of lapis for the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations,as well as the later Greeks and Romans.
Ancient Egyptians obtained this material through trade from Afghanistan with the Aryans. During the height of the Indus Valley Civilisation about 2000 BC, the Harappan colony now known as Shortugai was established near the lapis mines.