Intricate inlay work has been practiced in the Middle East for more than 4,500 years. These beech-wood boxes are inlaid with hundreds of hand-cut pieces of iridescent mother-of-pearl and re-create an arabesque design from the seventh century. Lined with velvet, they make excellent jewelry boxes or striking desk accessories. Handmade in Egypt.
Please note: We’re sorry, due to recently tightened restrictions on the import and export of mother of pearl, we are not able to ship the Egyptian Mother-of-pearl Inlaid Boxes outside of the U.S.
Arrived as pictured in catalog. I intended it as a gift, but the inside had a peculiar unpleasant odor, not the usual spicy Mid-East smell one expects but unpleasant. Because it was lined, I hesitated to spray with anything. Finally muted odor a bit, but hesitant to use as the intended gift.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
This is a beautifully crafted box, and makes a very unique gift or nice display for in the home or office. I was a little surprised by the size though. It was smaller than expected. There should have been something in the picture to use as a comparison. Still a very impressive and unique item!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Some of the earliest examples of Egyptian inlay
work date back to the 6th century B.C., when this technique was used to adorn wooden shrines with hieroglyphs. Handmade in a Cairo studio, this beech-wood box was carved inside and out ...