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Shell-shaped dish

Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion

Shell-shaped dish

Culture Group: Possibly Phoenician
Culture Group: or Cypriot
Culture: Phoenician or Cypriot?
Date: 7th century BCE
Medium: Gold
Dimensions:
2 × 6 inches (5.1 × 15.2 cm)
Classification: Decorative Art
Credit Line: Gift of Barbara Newborg, M.D., from the collection of Walter Kempner, M.D.
Label Text:Real tridacna (giant clam) shells from the Red Sea, often decorated with designs incised in their surfaces with a sharp tool, were used as cosmetic palettes and traded widely throughout the Mediterranean by the Phoenicians. Some, like the Nasher's example, were embellished with carved bird or human heads. This gold specimen is possibly unique, though silver examples are known.
Object number: 2006.1.216
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