Saturday, January 16, 2010

A is for Alabaster

Alabaster was an unexpected inspiration for me. Two of my closest friends recently brought me back this alabaster box from their voyage to Egypt.
Alabaster can be traced back to ancient times. In Egypt, it was used to worship sun gods. In Biblical times, putting something in an alabaster box or jar was a sign of honor and esteem. It is found in calcite or gypsum form, and today is used in ornamental decor, architecture, and carvings. What kind of treasures are you putting in your (metaphorical or real) alabaster box?

Other 'A' contenders and inspirations: antiques, art deco, arbors

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