Alastair Mackie|The Domination of Things|2016|cowrie shell|limestone|sculpture

Alastair Mackie|The Domination of Things|2016|cowrie shell|limestone|sculpture

Alastair Mackie|The Domination of Things|2016|cowrie shell|limestone|sculptureAlastair Mackie|The Domination of Things|2016|cowrie shell|limestone|sculpture

The Domination of Things, 2016
Cowrie shells, limestone
102 x 88 x 3cm (each part)

Cowrie shells have been collected from a local beach over a period of two working days (16hrs). Each shell has been placed within a corresponding recess cut into one of two tablets of limestone and subsequently offered as a medium of exchange.
Throughout history the cowrie shell has been used across cultures as a form of currency and a symbol of wealth and power.