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Conch Shell, 19th century/20th century

Tibet, 19-2000
Shell and metal with semiprecious stones
9-3/4 x 4-1/2 in. (24.77 x 11.43 cm.)
Norton Simon Museum, Estate of Armand J. Labbé, in memory of his parents, Gertrude and Armand Labbé
P.2006.02.11
© Norton Simon Museum

Not on view

The conch shell is used to call together an assembly for a religious teaching, meditation or program; its sound represents the spreading of Buddhist doctrine. This shell is decorated with a metalwork surround and inlaid semiprecious stones. Carved into the shell itself is a wrathful deity surrounded by flames.


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