Carl Andrews

Lace-like luxury. Intricately patterned, bone inlays, or mounts, carved in ajouré (openwork) style, were often used to adorn the edges of jewelry, or toiletry, boxes at Ashkelon, where these pieces were found. To create the pattern, the craftsman first drilled a small hole and then used fine saws and blades to enlarge it into decorative shapes.