earring; ear plug

Shell earring. A small ear plug. A small cone shaped ear plug with a shell attached to the bottom. The feathers are stuck within beeswax that makes up the cone shape of the ear plug. A little thin stick is central to the cone. The thread that keeps the ear plug in place is attached to the stick.

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