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Cowrie made of Shell
Cowrie made of Shell

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It was inevitable that cowry forms would be made of other types of shell. This appears to be a piece of mother-of-pearl type shell that may come from an abalone shell. These appear to be a scarcer type and are not seen often. These type of imitation cowries are mentioned in archeological records notably by Nishimura & Gibson. Theirs was discovered in Yin-hsu in An-Yang, it was made of fresh water mollusk; this one is probably salt-water.
37 x 25 x 3 mm
Moneta Library has articles on Cowries to VIEW and DOWNLOAD:
Cowries - Bob Reis: [ link ]
Origin of Cowries in Ancient China - UofPa: [ link ]
Metallic Cowries - Royal Asiatic Society: [ link ]
Nice Video on Cowrie history: [ link ]
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