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A hard and translucent material, mottled yellow and brown in colour, which resembles the shell of a tortoise. The best ‘tortoiseshell’ is cut in thin sheets from the upper shell of the Far Eastern hawksbill turtle. It was first used by the Romans as a decorative veneer.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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