Murex Indivia Longspine Shell Perfect placed on cocktail table or bookshelf as decor accent. Their beautiful color, texture and shape make them distinctive enough to an objet d'art on their own. We love many grouped together in a decorative bowl as a collection.
Shown styled in our Turkana Food Bowl and Handwoven African Muhanga Bowl, both sold separately.
*Size, shape, pattern and color will vary as this is a natural item.
DIMENSIONS: Medium Shells 4" - 5" , sizes are approximate and vary slightly
MATERIALS: Natural Whole Shell
HISTORY & FACTS: Costly and labor-intensive dyes Tyrian dyes (or royal purple) were historically made by the ancient Pheonicians and Jews. The dye was a rare animal-produced compound, made when an enzyme extracted from the murex was dissolved in sea water. This dye was used in royal robes, other kinds of special ceremonial or ritual garments, or garments indicating high rank. It is hypothesised that the dye was the same dye as that which featured prominently in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, the clothing of the High Priest officiating there; it is sometimes still used by Jews today in the ritual fringes tzitzit on four-cornered garments.