Cowrie Shells

Fine art print for sale. Cowrie Shells
Artist/Collection: Mawe, John
Product Code: 87
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Cowrie Shells

Fine art print of seashells inspired by a lithograph made in the 1820s by John Mawe.

Features Cowrie shells (Cypraea).

Shell collecting was a popular 18th and 19th century pastime. During this era of exploration, shells from exotic lands were eagerly sought by collectors and the genteel classes to fill their curiosity cabinets. In addition to their use in jewellery and as tools, shells were once commonly used as money on almost every continent.