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The Symphony of Exotic Seas


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The Symphony of the Exotic Seas

áConchiology - the collecting of sea shells - has an ancient history. The truth, in antique times shells were more used not as objects of a collectingá but as subjects of ornament. Roman historian Svetonius tellsáthat one of the first collector of sea shells was emperor Caligula . In Middle Ages theá Comb-shellsá were one of symbols of Christianity. Crusaders selected them on coast of Palestine and carried on their hats and helmets. The Cowrie-shells long time were used as money oná Pacific islands and some Asian countries.

The author ofá exhibition - Odessa collectorááKonstantin Kazakov.



Tibia Inculaechorab

Lambis Truncata

Strombus Gigas

Strombus Pugilis

Cypraea Aurantium

Cypraea Lamarck

Cassis Tuberosa

Tonna Olearium

Charonia Tritonis

Murex Pecten

Siratus Alabaster

Fusinus Caparti

Harpa Major

Mitra Mitra

Voluta Ebraea

Conus Litteratus

Pinctada Margaritifera

© The Odessa Museum of Numismatic 2000.