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The Kill

300–100 BCE
Overall: 7.5 x 9 cm (2 15/16 x 3 9/16 in.)
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The marine clam species to which this shell belongs is exclusive to the western Pacific Ocean near China, Japan, the Philippines, and the East Indies.


The inside of this shell preserves the earliest, extant figure paintings in Chinese history.
The Kill

The Kill

300–100 BCE

China, Warring States period (475–221 BCE) to Western Han dynasty (206 BCE–8 CE)

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