Deer of Immortality – Lapis Lazuli

I am a beautiful representation of the mythological Deer of Immortality. My first home was Afghanistan, known for having the finest and most natural lapis lazuli. Lapis lazuli is a metamorphic rock that has been prized as a semi-precious stone since ancient times. During the Kangxi Period, 1662-1722, I travelled to China where a craftsman carved away my boundaries freeing me to bask in the light as a Deer of Immortality. My stature is petite, a mere 2.75” long, but I do make a beautiful presentation of deep blue with slight etchings of stars on my body. The Chinese believed deer to have a long life span and thus I became an emblem of longevity.

At one time I had a home within the Sheldon H. Wool Collection of Massachusetts and later found myself being selected by Mary Hulton Phillips, founder of The Maridon Museum, for inclusion in the Rear Gallery – Timeline Exhibit (a very special place) in the museum. I’ve had a long and interesting journey to my final home. Please visit me at The Maridon Museum and learn more about my fascinating journey!