Spondylus shells

Conchiglie spondylus.

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C.I.C.20, C.I.C. 21, C.I.C.22

Called mullu in the Quechua language, these large shells from the Equadorian pacific coast were an important trading article in the Andean region and had various social and ritualistic applications; they were used as offerings to the gods, as symbols of prestige, and as material for the production of different ornaments, as well as being depicted on ceramics.