Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:
Happily the tropical suns had bleached the tapestries to a faded blue-green colour, and the mirror with its frame of shells, the work of the steward's love, when the time hung heavy in the southern seas, was quaint rather than ugly. Twisted shells with red lips like unicorn's horns ornamented the mantelpiece, which was draped by a pall of purple plush from which depended a certain number of balls.
a shelf above a fireplace.
1. to hang or be able to hang in loose folds or over something;
2. to place part of the body on or over something such as the back of a chair, in a relaxed and casual way;