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Shell cosmetic container.
7th c BCE Phoenician Phoenician (Syrian) Applied Arts

PHOENICIAN Anonymous (active c. 1500 BCE - 64 BCE) Primary
700 BCE-600 BCE
7th c BCE
31 cm
Phoenician (Syrian)
London. British Museum
The umbo of this clam shell (Tidacna squamosa) was carved in the form of a female head with the natural form of the shell resembling a windblown cloak. The border of the shell is carved with sphinxes and lotus flowers. The container was probably made in the Syro-Palestinian region and imported to Etruria through a flourishing trade during the Orientalizing period. It was found in Vulci

Caption: PHONECIAN ? | Shell cosmetic container. | 700 BCE-600 BCE | Phoenician ? | Phoenician ?

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