Shell Venus

Shell Venus

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Cup. Nautilus pompilius, gilded and enameled silver, 27.8 cm x 8.5 cm.

At the center of this artifact is a large nautilus shell. In sixteenth-century and seventeenth-century Europe, nautilus shells from Asia were highly desired goods.

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  • Shell Venus

    story by Anna Grasskamp

    This story is part of the Ocean Objects series, supported and funded by: Research Grants Council Hong Kong (GRF 12603017). At the center of this artifact is a large nautilus shell. In sixteenth-century and seventeenth-century Europe, nautilus shells from Asia were highly desired goods ...

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