Sunday, June 10, 2012

Wow

700BC-650 BCE Tridacna squamosa shell carved with a human head on the apex and two incised winged sphinxes in a register on the edge of the inner side; lotus buds and flowers in the space above the sphinxes with a band of hatched or plain triangles framed by parallel lines defining the inner edge of the field; assembled from fragments; the shell served as a container for cosmetics. E.MED -PHOENICIAN found probably in Vulci Italy, exact production site unclear British Museum

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