A carved conch shell
India or Tibet, circa 12th century
The smooth polished surface with incised concentric circles accentuating its round forms
7¼ in. (18.5 cm.) long
Spink and Son, London, 1982
These ritual objects could be used either to produce a loud sound when blown, or as a libation vessel. For other examples, with more elaborate carving, see M. Lerner, The Flame and the Lotus, 1984, cat. no. 29, pp. 82-85.