Cowrie shell box

Box, composed of a cowrie shell, with silver, parcel-gilt, foot, mounts and lid. The lid engraved with floral scrolls and two squirrels. At each end is a winged cherub head.


  • Title

    Cowrie shell box

  • Associated place

    England (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1580 - 1600
  • Material and technique

    silver-gilt, cowrie-shell

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    4.1 cm (height)
    max. 6.4 cm (length)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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