The sea shells were ancient Chinese currency about 2,500-3,500 years ago, which are about 25-30mm long. Only several kinds of beautiful seashells were used as currency, which were colorful at that times.
You can see the photo link below, the shells are still used as his ornament. http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/photo534713.htm
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Oceania (5202) 2014-01-30 12:52
这一对贝壳一定是从哪个博物馆里来的，Thanks for sharing.
daddo (27010) 2014-01-30 13:40
Hi Wei. I wonder if people killed each other for such shells, as they do today for paper money? Interesting photo and well taken too. Regards. Klaudio.