Nice Example of a Miniature Bronze Figure of Christ on an Abalone & Mother Pearl Frame. First half of the Twentieth Century.
Condition: Superb untouched condition.
Height: 8.5" (21.5cm). Width: 4.75" (12cm).
NOTE: Abalone are a group of Shellfish, their shells have a low and open spiral structure, and are characterized by several respiratory holes in a row near the shell's outer edge. The innermost layer of the shell is composed of nacre or mother-of-pearl, which in many species is highly iridescent, giving rise to a range of strong and changeable colors (see last images) which make them attractive to humans as a decorative object such as this unusual Religous Cross. Most abalones are found mainly in cold waters, off the Southern Hemisphere coasts of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, and Western North America and Japan.
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