Ships of the Desert

Egyptian Jewelry Box with Geometrically Inlaid Camel Bone and Mother-of-Pearl (LEO Design)

In the Middle Eastern desert, camels are indispensable.  They provide transport though long expanses of hot, dry and sandy terrain.  Their milk is consumed—as is their meat, once they have died.  And their hides provide protection from the heat, the cold and the whipping sand.  Camel herders even utilize the bones of these "ships of the desert."  From Egypt comes this handsome jewelry or trinket box, decorated with an intricate geometric inlay of polished camel bone and mother-of-pearl.  Modestly sized, it would provide a suitably elegant home for a small collection of jewelry or a place to keep your keys near the door.  It would also be a handsome and fitting resting place for the cremated remains of a small, beloved pet.  From the 1970's or 1980's.  Click on the photo to learn more about it.


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