Information is from the postal service in Taiwan:
Right-Spiraling Conch, Qianlong Reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (NT$5): Commonly known as Dingfengzhu, or “stable wind pearl”, this conch is said to possess the power to protect ships at sea. It traveled to Taiwan once before with Qing troops to put down the Lin Shuangwen Rebellion and Chiayi’s Cai Qian Rebellion. This white conch, a great Indian shank, is a Tibetan Buddhist artifact. The top edge of its mouthpiece is decorated with lotus petals and scroll grass patterns in repoussé. Its silver underside is etched with praises of the conch in Tibetan and the phrase “made during Qianlong’s reign, Qing dynasty” in Mandarin, Manchurian, Mongolian and Tibetan. The outer side of the wing is gilded with gold and inscribed with praise written in Tibetan.
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What a fascinating and unique objectReplyDelete
wow, a beautiful conch! and great interpretation of the letter G!ReplyDelete
I just had to check to see if a 'right spiralling' shell was rare. apparently so.ReplyDelete
What a beauty this is!
Happy Easter to you.
Thanks for adding the explanation, it's very interesting.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing that.ReplyDelete
Thanks for all the comments, everyone.ReplyDelete