Cord with byssus beard

20th century, I-Sardinia. MC-Monaco, Musée Océanographique, No 97 5846 (MS Inventory 40)

8 beards of byssus about 7cm in length, mounted twice by crocheted rings. Wooden ball with floral patterns in cold painting, Ø 2,5 cm, white cord


For the inauguration of the new Oceanographic Museum in Monaco in 1910, Giuseppe Basso Arnoux was asked by the Director Prof. Richard Shell objects from silk. This pendant was then bought by the museum for 50 francs - together with other objects (bag, cap, pendant). The scientists present were impressed by the unique collection: «...dove destò la più viva ammirazione e l'entusiasmo degli scienziati, per la sottigliezze straordinaria e la delicata morbidezza dei magnifici esemplari tosto acquistati dal Museo stesso, come raccolta veramente unica.»


Sources: Basso-Arnoux 1916, Zanetti 1964, Bardini Barbafiera 1994, Carta Mantiglia 1997, McKinley 1998, Doumenge 2000



Cord with byssus beard
Cord with byssus beard, early 20th c., I-Sardinia. MC-Monaco, Musée Océanographique, No 97 5846 (MS Inventory 40)