Painted shell; John Philemon Backhouse (1845-1908) fl. 1871-1901; 1880-1886; 200...


Howick Historical Village


Painted shell

About this object

Shell with a painted scene of a New Zealand Maori Village circa 1880.

Possibly a painting of a Te Arawa kainga in the thermal region prior to the eruption of Mt. Tarawera in 1886.

Attributed to John Philemon Backhouse (1845-1908).


John Philemon Backhouse (1845-1908) fl. 1871-1901

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Date Made


Place Made

New Zealand

Place Notes

Probably painted in the Te Arawa or Rotorua Lakes region

Inscription and Marks

in black ink on reverse of shell inscribed



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Lucie Paterson 29 Jul 2009 02:16 AM,UTC

Here are some other links to painted shells that some lovely folk on Twitter helped us find on behalf of @nzmuseums

Also apprently this might be a pearl shell rather than a clam.

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