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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. Saint George, named in Greek, slays the dragon, with details picked out in black and red.

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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. Saint George, named in Greek, slays the dragon, with details picked out in black and red.