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Pearl oyster shells. Decorated shells were made in the Holy Land from 1700-1900 as souvenirs for pilgrims. Some have incised decoration closely resembling engravings on paper, which probably served as models.

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Pearl oyster shells.  Decorated shells were made in the Holy Land from 1700-1900 as souvenirs for pilgrims.  Some have incised decoration closely resembling engravings on paper, which probably served as models.