Jan 2, 2007

The Kill

The Kill

300–100 BC

Painted clamshell

Overall: 7.5 x 9 cm (2 15/16 x 3 9/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold T. Clark in memory of Flora L. Terry 1957.139

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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.

Description

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

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