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Natural history in art
Observed: 17th February 2011 By: George W
Added: 17th February 2011
In some painting a shell is included to indicate that the subject of the painting had, at some time in his life, made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Over time it the shell became associated with â€˜the pilgrimage of life. The shell on this headstone is symbolically saying that that person buried there has completed the pilgrimage of life.