The ancient Egyptians attached great religious significance to the combination of lapis and gold and to the humble scarab beetle, a symbol of resurrection and eternal life. Regalia made of gold and lapis was believed to place the wearer under the protection of the sun and heaven. Gold was regarded as a divine metal relating to the ancient Egyptian sun god, Re. Lapis was thought to be a sacred stone, its celestial significance represented in the rich blue color of this stone.
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