Porcelain (n.)
1530s, from Middle French porcelaine and directly from Italian porcellana "porcelain" (13c.), literally "cowrie shell," the chinaware so called from resemblance of its lustrous transparency to the shiny surface of the shells. The shell's name in Italian is from porcella "young sow," fem. of Latin porcellus "young pig," diminutive of porculus "piglet," diminutive of porcus "pig" (see pork (n.)). According to an old theory, the connection of the shell and the pig is a perceived resemblance of the shell opening to the exposed outer genitalia of pigs.
darksilenceinsuburbia:

James Ensor . Seascape, 1880. Oil on canvas, 28.5 x 41 cm,.
Private collection, courtesy Gallerie Seghers, Oostende.
Photographe: Hugo Maertens, © Sabam, Oil on panel, 18 x 25.

darksilenceinsuburbia:

James Ensor . Seascape, 1880. Oil on canvas, 28.5 x 41 cm,.

Private collection, courtesy Gallerie Seghers, Oostende.

Photographe: Hugo Maertens, © Sabam, Oil on panel, 18 x 25.

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