Egyptian Turquoise Glass Inlay of Akhenaten, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty XVIII, c. 1353-1336 BC The Amarna Period was an era of Egyptian history during the latter half of the Eighteenth Dynasty when the royal residence of the pharaoh and his queen was shifted to Akhetaten (‘Horizon of the Aten’) in what is now Amarna. It was marked by the reign of Amenhotep IV, who changed his name to Akhenaten (1353–1336 BC) in order to reflect the dramatic change of Egypt’s polytheistic religion into one where a sun-god Aten was worshiped over all other gods. Aten was not solely worshipped (the religion was not monotheistic), however, it was close as the rest of the gods were worshipped to a significantly lesser degree. The Egyptian pantheon of the equality of all gods and goddesses was restored under Akhenaten’s successor. Other rulers of this period include Amenhotep III, Smenkhkare, Neferneferuaten, Tutankhamun, Ay, and Horemheb.

Talk about decadent bindings! On a recent trip to Waddeston Manor near Aylesbury, I ran into these knockouts, made of inlaid mica over patterned pressed foils, enamel, and cut leather. They’re all late 18th century French.

The final large volume is a 1777 edition of an Almanach Royal that belonged to Marie Antoinette! She paid 200 livres for it.


1 inch sodalite with lab opal inlay

Tried something different on these.  The opal is cut perpendicular from how the other ones were in the past.  The stripes of color change based on the angle.  It’s also the white color opal, but cut very thin so the blue of the sodalite makes the white a soft blue color.