Marble shell


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156

This work imitates a pelican's foot shell, which is common to the Mediterranean. Only a handful of marble shells are known. They must have been manufactured in the same Greek workshops that produced elegant marble vessels intended as grave offerings for the dead.

Marble shell, Marble, Greek

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