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Mounted Coco de Mer

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A half Coco de Mer (Lodoicea maldivica) in a largely unpolished state and mounted trophy-like on a stained wooden back-plate. Endemic to the islands of Praslin and Curieuse in the Seychelles, the true source of the nut was not discovered until 1768. Until then many believed it to grow on a mythical tree at the bottom of the sea. European collectors from the sixteenth century would often have the shells of the nut cleaned and decorated with valuable jewels; the Coco de Mer has always been considered an essential object for a ‘Wunderkammer’ or ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’.

w:12 in x h:14 in 

 

Item Code: 2559

£ 850

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