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E660 Shell, Placuna placenta (Windowshell oyster), collected by Julian Tenison-Woods, Singapore, acquired 1891. Click to enlarge.

Placuna placenta (Windowpane oyster) shell from Singapore collected by Julian Tennison-Woods

    Shell, 'Window shell' (Placuna placenta), Singapore, from the collection of Julian Tenison-Woods, acquired 1891

    An early Museum label states that, "These shells are used in China and elsewhere as a substitute for window glass. They are also collected for the small pearls they contain, which are exported to India and calcined for lime to chew with Betel Nut. They are also burnt in the mouths of the dead. The natives of North Queensland used them largely for food."

    Summary

    Object No.

    E660

    Object Statement

    Shell, Placuna placenta (Windowshell oyster), collected by Julian Tenison-Woods, Singapore, acquired 1891

    Physical Description

    Shell, 'Window shell' (Placuna placenta), Singapore, from the collection of Julian Tenison-Woods, acquired 1891

    An early Museum label states that, "These shells are used in China and elsewhere as a substitute for window glass. They are also collected for the small pearls they contain, which are exported to India and calcined for lime to chew with Betel Nut. They are also burnt in the mouths of the dead. The natives of North Queensland used them largely for food."

    Dimensions

    Height

    16 mm

    Width

    114 mm

    Depth

    128 mm

    Production

    History

    Source

    Credit Line

    Purchased from the Estate of the Rev Julian Tenison-Woods, 1891

    Acquisition Date

    7 October 1891

    Cite this Object

    Harvard

    Placuna placenta (Windowpane oyster) shell from Singapore collected by Julian Tennison-Woods 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 October 2021, <https://ma.as/228908>

    Wikipedia

    {{cite web |url=https://ma.as/228908 |title=Placuna placenta (Windowpane oyster) shell from Singapore collected by Julian Tennison-Woods |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=26 October 2021 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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