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c1930 Rare Seychelles Coco de Mer Nut Hinged Box
  • c1930 Rare Seychelles Coco de Mer Nut Hinged Box
  • c1930 Rare Seychelles Coco de Mer Nut Hinged Box
  • c1930 Rare Seychelles Coco de Mer Nut Hinged Box
  • c1930 Rare Seychelles Coco de Mer Nut Hinged Box

c1930 Rare Seychelles Coco de Mer Nut Hinged Box

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£700.00


Product Description

A fine example of a c1930 ‘Coco de Mer’ nut, hailing from the Seychelles.

The nut has had its outside polished to a smooth lustrous finish. It has been converted into a hinged lid box. Condition is very good, without any cracks.

The Latin name is Lodoicea maldivica. The Lodoicea is derived from Lodoicus, the latinised version of Louis, in honour of the French King Louis XV reigning in 1768, when the explorer Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne discovered the source of the nut. Before this it was believed they grew on a sea-dwelling mythical tree. European nobles in the sixteenth century would often have the shells of these nuts polished and decorated as collectibles for their private galleries. The coco de mer tree is now critically endangered.

Formerly known as a Maldive coconut, as in centuries past they would fall from the trees to be carried eastwards by the prevailing sea currents. Consequently many washed up on the shores of the Maldives, where locals gathered them for their supposed medicinal properties.

Erotic in appearance and often associated with fertility, the Coco de Mer is widely considered a botanical curiosity. The largest seed in the world, due to the biological phenomenon Island Gigantism, where the size of organisms isolated on islands increases dramatically in relation to mainland relatives.

Size: 29 x 24 x 14cm (11 ½ x 9 ½ x 5 ½ inches)
Weight: 1262 g

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