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Natural history in art

Observed: 17th February 2011 By: George W

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 ‘the pilgrimage of life. The shell on this headstone is symbolically saying that that person buried there has completed the pilgrimage of life.

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