After a long online search, I've come to believe that the subject of this painting is a very fine Turban shell, an Angaria delphinus atrata, probably from the Philippines, collected in the early 1960's. It has a lively pattern of black ridges over a pink and white base. In the few places where to pink top layer is chipped, the pearly throat of the shell gleams through. The mouth of the shell is a perfect round, smoothly coated with irridescent pearl, a perfect fit or my left index finger.
- Nancy Boudreau
5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back