Pearlshell Altar Beagle Bay S34988
Pearlshell Main Altar at Sacred Heart Church Beagle Bay.
Quote is from the Broome Diocese Website:
"The Beagle Bay Church is completed and is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Fr Creagh. The Church is decorated with shells, including mother of pearl, cowries, volutes and olives. While the mother of pearl is used to decorate the main altar, the side altars are inlaid with opercula, a rare stone taken from shellfish. Some of the decoration formed the tribal symbols of the Njul Njul, the Nimanboor and the Bard people of the area while others formed the lamb, the fish and shepherd’s crook of the Christian faith."