Mother_of_pearl

Mother_of_pearl

Iridescent enchantment
As one of the most readily available and easily accessible resources available to early man, mother-of-pearl was among the first materials used by ancient craftsmen for decorative and ritual purposes dating back to the period of 1500 bc.

Mother-of-Pearl carving is a tradition dating back to the early 17th century in this region. It evolved as an art form along with olive wood carving when Franciscan monks came to the Holy Land. The monks trained the local Christian population in the carving of olive wood and mother- of-pearl rosaries, crucifixes and reproductions of the Cave of the Nativity and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Today, mother-of-pearl is imported from Saudi Arabia.

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