As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth and richness. In Ancient Greek culture, jewellery was worn in everyday life but was also buried with the deceased as part of their funerary outfit. Jewellery might have been enriched by precious and semi-precious stones, such as the case of lapis lazuli for this quaint amphora pendant, and decorative motives would have included popular myths, gods, goddesses, and heroes. Lapis lazuli was highly regarded in antiquity and the first use of this beautiful, vibrant rich blue stone dates back to the Neolithic, when it was first mined in Afghanistan and exported to the Mediterranean area and South Asia. Jewellery such as this beautiful miniature pendant was crafted and intended for everyday use, instead of being destined exclusively to a funerary purpose.
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