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Marble shell

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 400 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 1/2 x 6 in. (24.1 x 15.2 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Stone
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. John Moscahlaidis Gift, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.19
  • Description

    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.

  • References

    Picón, Carlos A. 1995. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1994-1995." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 53(2): p. 10.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 150, pp. 135, 434.

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