Lapis Lazuli Skull by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof
Lapis Lazuli Skull by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof Lapis Lazuli Skull by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof Lapis Lazuli Skull by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof Lapis Lazuli Skull by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof
Lapis Lazuli Skull by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof
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Lapis Lazuli Skull by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof

  • This fascinating carving of a human skull is formed from a highly prized specimen of lapis lazuli
  • The one-of-a-kind objet d'art is the work of the renowned sculptor Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof
  • Zadora is widely recognized as the world's leading gemstone artist
  • This highly detailed work exemplifies the superior quality of his sought after creations
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As intriguing as it is menacing, this life-size skull is carved of lapis lazuli, one of the most precious stones in the world. The stunning piece is the work of the famed jeweler and sculptor Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof, a man commonly regarded as America's Fabergé for his exceptional sculptures formed from gemstones. From his important Memento Mori collection, this exceptionally detailed example of his work is magnificently crafted, from the well-formed teeth to the fissures in the cranium that follow the natural grains of the stone. A true memento mori, or a reminder that death comes to all living things, this skull is a captivating objet d'art.

The Canadian-born sculptor Baron Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof is recognized as the world's leading gemstone artist, and his international clientele includes the world’s most discerning connoisseurs. His pieces, which range from intricate sculptures such as this to innovative bespoke jewelry, are regarded as the most prized decorative artworks in modern time. He is particularly renowned for working with only the most luxurious materials, and this skull is certainly no exception.

The deep blue semi-precious stone lapis lazuli has been prized since antiquity for its intense color. Its name is derived from the Roman word for stone and the Persian word for blue, and is the root of our word “azure.” A denotation of luck, success, and prosperity, lapis was a symbol of power, and thus was reserved only for the highest-ranking members of society. By the end of the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli began to be exported to Europe, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments, which was only used by the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque period. It is incredibly rare to find large pieces carved from whole specimens of this highly sought after stone.

20th century

6" high x 5 1/4" wide x 8 1/2" deep
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Period: 20th Century
Origin:America
Depth:8.5 Inches
Width:5.25 Inches
Height:6.0 Inches
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