LONDON: Afghan Council of Great Britain (ACGB), has teamed up with Asia House to support the Afghan Lapis Lazuli and Shrines of Power Event on Tuesday, 22 January, 2019.

Asia House is one of Britain’s leading organisations building bridges between Asia and the United Kingdom.

Asia House supports a vibrant Arts and Learning programme – a creative hub for Asian arts and culture. It is completely unique in the UK in presenting a thought-provoking, pan-Asian artistic and cultural programme.

Afghan Lapis Lazuli and Shrines of Power Event will bring renowned Afghan – American writer and historian Professor Hamid Naweed to Asia House in London, to tell the story of Lapis Lazuli, the oldest commercial gemstone; its meaning for our ancestors, and how it made its way to the most prestigious buildings in the world, from mosques in Herat to the Sistine Chapel, the Blue Mosque in Mazar, the Ishtar gate, the walls of Babylon and the temple of Karnak—mankind’s shrines of power.

The link between humans and lapis lazuli stretches back more than 6,500 years. In its veins and residues of mica, people could see the starry sky. It was first extracted from the mountains of Bactria in Afghanistan, and exported in antiquity to India, Sumeria, China, the Aegean and even Scandinavia. For ancient cultures, gold and lapis were considered signs of holiness. Subsequently, when the stone was grounded into powder to formultramarine blue, the pigment became a symbol of power, royalty, purity and indeed, an obsession for artists in Europe since the Middle Ages.

A discussion and audience Q&A will follow the lecture, moderated by award-winning British – Afghan jewellery designer Sima Vaziry.

For tickets and more information, please visit:Event Site