In December 2019 I traveled to Egypt to do research for my Eye of Isis novels, which are set in Alexandria in the time of Cleopatra.
Below are paintings inside the tomb of Nefertari, much beloved wife of Ramses II. So much time and talent to commemorate a lost love. The Taj Mahal of the Valley of the Queens.
It was a smooth, flat circle of polished lapis, one side plain, the other inlaid with a luminous circle of mother of pearl smaller than the base, itself inlaid with a smaller circle of turquoise that was more green than blue by contrast with the lapis. The piece was exquisitely made, the inlays so carefully crafted and applied that they appeared part of the lapis itself, so that all three layers of gemstones appeared as one. It was the only one of its kind, feared as soon as it was known, respected as much as it was feared. The Eye of Isis, the eye, and mouth, and hand of the ruler of Alexandria and Egypt. — Death of an Eye, 2018
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