Grasshopper Amulet

Amulet of a grasshopper made of lapis lazuli, length: 4.8 cm. Dates to the Roman Period, ca. 30 BC-476 AD. Private Collection.

Grasshopper Amulet
Grasshopper Amulet

In ancient Egypt, lapis lazuli was a favorite stone for amulets and ornaments such as scarabs. Afghanistan was the source of lapis for the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations, as well as the later Greeks and Romans.