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.
Ottoman "Knee Pistol" . Beautiful silver wire inlaid stock barrel is profusely inlaid with silver and is of superior quality work. The buttplate is inlaid en suite with the barrel. Stock is carved with stylized bird heads. The lock has an Ottoman Tughra (seal). Barrel length 11”, overall length 18 1/2”.
Vintage violin in the shop. Of unknown provenance, probably more than 200 years old and likely Italian, this violin features some very intricate inlay. Double purfling and abalone inlays in curly maple would not be easy to do using the hand tools of the day.
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.