300AD – Central Venezuela
Here is an attempt to reconstruct the history of those shells. It all started some century after Christ in the marsh lands of the central of Venezuela.
- The journey would have started as a child going to pass a ritual to be an adult. Living in the marsh lands of the central area where all is water and green with a flourishing wildlife. Their journey would have brought up to the mountain to meet other tribes, exchange knowledge and accessorily to collect anthracite as the ultimate prove of their achievement.
- The anthracite is not to be found before dangerously and valiantly reaching the mountain as far as 700km away from their community. Probably one entire year journey.
- As the inner carved anthracite does not correspond to the fine and delicate carving details of the outer part, it is suggested that not the same hand had carved them. Therefore it is suggested that each valiant young man returning from the initiation trip would carve his needed cavity and then let the bride decide the man she wants. She will then carve the outer anthracite shell.
- Centuries after, Christopher Colomb after the 1502 eastern coast of Central American expedition will bring to Europe some specimens of male shells. One was painted by his friend Jan Gossaert in 1516.
- Please notice the similarity of this lust position for both Neptune and Amphitrite.
- One published reference was found on : Ceramica de Camay, estado Lara, distreto Torres, Venezuela, Hermano Basilio R.S.C., La Salle-Los Dos Caminos, Caracas, 1959, p. 302- 317.
- I then made cast shells for your own blended pleasure and lust your partner.