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Conch shell trumpet
MFA# 1988.1214


Mask with shells
MFA# 1994.420

( Biology) The hard outer covering or case of an animal, mollusk, insect, nut, or egg.

For more information see Eggshell, Seashell, Oyster shell, Tortoiseshell, and Walnut shell.

Synonyms and Related Terms

shells; seashell; tortoiseshell; eggshell; coquille (Fr.)

Resources and Citations

  • Gem Identification Lab Manual, Gemological Institute of America, 2016.
  • Oppi Untracht, Jewelry Concepts and Technology, Doubleday & Co., Inc., New York City, 1985
  • Jack Odgen, Jewellery of the Ancient World, Rizzoli International Publications Inc., New York City, 1982
  • A.Lucas, J.R.Harris, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Industries, Edward Arnold Publishers Ltd., London, 4th edition, 1962
  • Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, http ://, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000

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