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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 28, 2021

Glass Vessels in Shape Of Shells Found in Various Museums

Group of flasks from Romishch-Germanischen Museum in Cologne

The scallop shell motif can be found on glass dishes, bowls, beakers and flasks from Roman times to the present. They were made by the Romans in the Rhineland during the 1st to 4th centuries and were copied at Murano in the 16th-17th centuries. Technique used was mold blowing.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Early 17th C. H: 26.5 cm

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  1. wynkin said, on May 27, 2021 at 6:23 am

    Scallop shells are still used to mark the pilgrim route to Compostela in Spain, one route runs close to my house. The pilgrims walk or cycle and have a scallop shell hanging from their backpacks. In places there are brass scallop shells embedded in the ground to show them the way.  

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