Pair of Carved Shells

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The conversation

Garden scene, 1850-1870 - Victoria and Albert Museum - 9127:5

On this shell, we also see male figures surrounded by architectural elements such as beautifully patterned fences, gates and pavilions. Garden scenes with bodies of water and pavilions with men conversing in pairs, as we see on both shells, were also a common motif in Guangzhou paintings.