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A collection of 14 hand painted shells in a glass and wood box. The shells depict various images of flowers, people, or birds against a gold background. There are two shells of each pattern. These shells would have been used in the game Kai-awase, where the goal was to identify as many matches as possible out of the shells. The left half of the shell would be placed face down on the floor and the right would be placed face up as the "calling card." Competitors has to find the matching half of the shell.

Original Medium

Seashells

Size

1.4 x 1.5"

Origin

Japan

Date Information

19th Century

Artifact Number

M82-0007

Original Collection

Mike Mansfield Collection, Mss 65, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana.

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Image Credit

Image credit: Mark Fritch, University of Montana

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