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Loan Object

Shell

11th–12th century

Conch with carved decoration

6 5/16 × 3 9/16 in. (16 × 9 cm)
Lent by Steven M. Kossak, B.A. 1972
ILE2017.17.9
In Buddhist ceremonies, decorated shells function as instruments and containers for holy water.
Geography: 
India
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
Pala period (ca. 750–1100)
Classification: 
Sculpture
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