Pair of Carved Shells

Step 7 of 17

The vessel

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The foreground of this shell shows a boat with two animals, perhaps ponies or goats, attended by two people docked to a landing stage. The vessel is one of those ships with open wickerwork roof structures that served for fishing or transporting animals and other commodities across the waters of Guangzhou.

This boat is also being gazed at, but not by two men as is the case with the other shell ...