19th century elephant ivory netsuke Benkei Blowing a Conch Horn by Anonymous
Benkeiis considered to be one of the great warriors of Japan and is known to have been the sidekick of the greatest warrior, Yoshitsune. In this design there is the form of a large conch shell horn which is blown to signal the beginning of a charge on the battle field link
'Benkei Blowing a Conch Shell', ca. 1842-43 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) link
Netsuke by Gyokusho, ca. 1900s Three Samurai mythical attendants to the patron warrior and mythic hero Benkei carry an oversized conch tightly bound by ropes that also secures a sharpened sword, that sits gently over the lips of the shell link
A print by Yoshitoshi showing Hideyoshi blowing the conch trumpet to let his troops know that it is time to begin the attack at Shizugatake link
Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605) was an Italian naturalist, the moving force behind Bologna's botanical garden, one of the first in Europe. In the course of his life he would assemble one of the most spectacular cabinets of curiosities, his 'theatre' illuminating natural history comprising some 7000 specimens of the diversità di cose naturali.