Shell with Hong Kong Harbor Scene

Shell with Hong Kong Harbor Scene

The polished surface of an 16.5 x 17.7 cm oyster shell painted with the image of Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbor.

Shells are objects derived from global oceans found at local shores. Around 1900, the view we see on this particular oyster shell was spread internationally through artworks made in China’s Pearl River Delta Area. How do city and shell come together in this special collectible?

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  • Honk Kong on a shell

    curated by Anna Grasskamp

    Pearl oyster shells are native to Hong Kong, where they cover the city’s beaches. This particular shell has been beautified with a view of Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour. The painting stands in the tradition of workshop productions of similar views painted on canvas and paper in China’s Pearl River Delta area.

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