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You will receive one bag of fifty (50) mixed size double drilled cowry shells. Lightweight cowry shells can be used for decorating belts, bras, and other costume accessories. Cowries have two drilled holes for sewing. Some shells may contain thread, simply remove it. You will receive 50 cowry shells similar to those shown in the photo.

SIZE: Cowrie shells in assorted sizes range from medium to large and measure approximately 1/4" to 1/2" wide x 1/2" to 3/4" long.

ABOUT COWRIES: Cowries, with their rounded shiny porcelain-like finish, belong to a group of small to medium sized sea snails. There are many species within this group with shells of varied appearance, size and color. Cowry shells had been used as currency in Africa for centuries. (Wikipedia) Cowry shells are used extensively in ceremonial and dance costuming, in jewelry or as amulets and charms. They are viewed as symbols of fertility, womanhood, birth or wealth. (Radiance from the Waters: Ideals of Feminine Beauty in Mende Art by Sylvia Ardyn Boone. Yale University Press, 1986) The symbolism of the cowry shell is associated with the appearance of its underside: the lengthwise opening makes the shell have the appearance of an eye or vulva. ("Cowrie Shells as Amulets in Europe" by W. L. Hildburgh in Folklore, 1942)

COMPOSITION: Cowries (family Cypraeidae), origin Philippine Islands.

CONDITION: New condition.
Michele Rabushka Lysik

Cowry Shells Medium to Large Cowries Double Drilled Bag of 50

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