THE FIRST EMPEROR’S TREASURED AMBER
I am Sargon, powerful sovereign of Akkad, who was brought up by Aqqi, the gardener of the great marshes between the Tigris and the Euphrates. Essence of Akkad is a gift from the beautiful Ishtar, who loves and protects me. It contains all the most precious ointments from Punt, and also those from the islands of the great sea, and others from still further afield. This amber is the light that shines on my kingdom. It is my empire’s most precious treasure.
Mandarin and bergamot from Italy, essence of clary sage
Essence of cardamom, elemi, frankincense and styrax
Amber and cistus labdanum, vanilla, and patchouli.