The people of Tasmania have maintained their cultural traditions, expressed in the manufacture of many domestic items including shell necklaces. These art practices are assisted by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation of Women's Arts and Crafts through workshops in the northern parts of the island. Shell stringers, such as Jeanette James, Corrie Fullard and Dulcie Greeno, undertake the painstaking labour of collecting a range of delicate seashells, the most special of which is the tiny maireener shell (Phasianotrochus irisodontes), which is stripped to reveal its exquisite opalescent beauty © Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory


  • Title: Jewel of the sea
  • Creator: Jeanette James
  • Creator Lifespan: 1952
  • Creator Nationality: Australian
  • Creator Gender: Female
  • Date: 2000
  • Type: Three-Dimensional Work
  • Rights: Purchased 2000, Telstra Collection, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory © licensed by the Artist
  • Medium: shell
  • Geographical Region of Artist: Hobart, Tasmania
  • Exhibition: 17th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award 2000
  • Ethnic Language Group: Palawa
  • Dimensions: 88 cm (doubled)
  • Collection: Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art
  • Award: Winner Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-Dimensional Award (sponsored by Telstra)
  • Artist Ethnicity: Aboriginal

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