Flooring of Former Museum Exhibition


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Flooring of Former Museum Exhibition
┬ęKathy Curnow

In the museum's former long-term display regarding palace ancestral altars, the flooring conformed to a type of aristocratic decoration in vogue in the late 19th and early 20th centuries: cowrie shells (an old currency) embedded in the floor when it was newly constructed. This one takes the form of the monarch supported by two chiefs; other known examples include depictions of crocodiles, as well as emblems.


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