Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Triton’s Trumpet

Triton’s Trumpet
Watercolor, Pen and Ink on Arches 140lb. Hot Press
Matted in a 5x7'' Ivory Matt
Charonia tritonis

Pictured center.  Triton’s Trumpet is a marine gastropod mollusk that is one of the largest mollusks in Hawaiian waters, reaching a maximum length of 20 inches (50 cm).  Hunting at night, they feed on starfish and urchins.  Called Pu’ole in Hawaiian, it was and is used anciently and today as a trumpet before ceremonial occasions.  The name for this shell comes from the Greek god Triton, who was the messenger of the sea and was often depicted blowing a shell horn to calm or raise the waves.

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