Inspired by my artist book, The Book of Penumbra, which is the text for this fine binding, I carved out 7 black pearl skulls from a Dremel drill to represent each god, and I mounted them on metal wire to show a ritualistic depiction of heads on spikes.
The cover's oval motif mimics the ovals I used inside the book to contain all the illustrations and text. The boards are thicker so the pearls wouldn’t get knocked around too much when handled.
Materials: Full leather binding with a hollow tube. Covered in green goat skin leather with hand sewn silk endbands. Gold metal wiring interlaced into the front cover to hold the 7 hand carved black pearl skulls. Hand marbled pastedowns and Japanese paper flyleaves. Text sewn on Japanese paper hinges.
H 5.86in x W 4.38in x D .56in