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Painted shell; John Philemon Backhouse (1845-1908) fl. 1871-1901; 1880-1886; 2009....

Painted shell; John Philemon Backhouse (1845-1908) fl. 1871-1901; 1880-1886; 2009.47.1
Name/Title
Painted shell
About this object
Shell with a painted scene of a New Zealand Maori Village circa 1880.

Possibly a painting of a Te Arawa kainga in the thermal region prior to the eruption of Mt. Tarawera in 1886.

Attributed to John Philemon Backhouse (1845-1908).

Maker Role
Artist
Date Made
1880-1886
Place Made
New Zealand
Place Notes
Probably painted in the Te Arawa or Rotorua Lakes region
Inscription and Marks
in black ink on reverse of shell inscribed
"NM/36/102"

Measurements
210x190mm
Object number
2009.47.1

Tags

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decorated shell
Howick Historical Villlage
painting
Thermal regions


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Lucie Paterson29 Jul 2009 02:16 AM,UTC
Here are some other links to painted shells that some lovely folk on Twitter helped us find on behalf of @nzmuseums

http://lucaantara.blogspot.com/2009/07/this-exquisite-image-of-pink-terrace.html

http://www.nmm.ac.uk/blogs/collections/2009/01/

Also apprently this might be a pearl shell rather than a clam.