Found in the islands of the Indian Ocean, the cowrie shells have been used in jewelry, religious artifacts and as a form of currency. Throughout Africa, and South and North America, the cowrie symbolized the power of destiny and prosperity. Thought of as the mouth of Orsisas, it also is believed to have taught stories of humility and respect. According to African legend, if you are attracted to cowrie shells you could be family to an ocean spirit of wealth and earth.
Folklore aside, this small (2" X 2") handmade brass and shell box looks beautiful on a dressing table, accessorizing a bookshelf or holding a special gift.