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All my painted Horseshoe Crabs have been found washed up on the beach at Davis Park, their life force long gone from them. No horseshoe Crabs have been harmed in the creation of these works of art!

I paint these shells with water-based oil paints. The patterns and colors are inspired by nature. Each shell is a one of a kind piece of artwork. I have created a number of different series each evoking different primitive imagery. This one is from my Medallion Mask series. The natural shape of the shells are evocative of ancient masks and the symmetrical design resonates with the patterns and visual motifs found in primitive cultures. This one is reminiscent of the sun and rain, earth and harvest.

Approximate size: 12.75" h x 10.25" including tail 22” h

The shells are first prepared for painting by a thorough cleansing process that removes the ocean odors and detritus. Then the shells are fitted with inner supports made of Fire Island driftwood, which stabilize the inherent fragility of the dried natural shell. A leather loop is affixed to the driftwood to provide a hanger for this unique objet d'art.

The Horseshoe crab is an arthropod most closely related to scorpions and spiders and is known by many names, such as a horse foot crab, helmet crab, and king crab. They are estimated to be at least 300 million years old.

Hand-painted Horseshoe Crab shell - Medallion Mask Series 1

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Water based oil paint, oil paint, water miscible oil paint, horseshoe crab shell, natural shell, shell, horseshoe crab, driftwood
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
  • Feedback: 12 reviews
  • Favorited by: 3 people