|Rare Antique Coco De Mer Nut Collectable Decorative Artistic Item
A wonderful mounted example of a rare and exotic Coco De Mer Nut in overall great condition. The item is mounted on a metal stand (this can be removed without damage) as it’s in place with a mount section that can be removed easily. The nut is in great undamaged condition and highly decorative and collectable. The item shows good age through its pattern and grain polished look. Smoot surface and deep colour. The items hairs are also present and in good condition overall.
The nut of the coco de mer is very large (the largest seed in the plant kingdom) and is oddly shaped, being the shape and size of a woman’s disembodied buttocks on one side, and a woman’s belly and thighs on the other side. Not surprisingly, this nut was viewed by people in other parts of the world as a rare and fascinating object with mythological and even magical properties. The nature and origin of this extraordinary nut was mysterious, and the propagation of the tree was not understood. A number of legends arose both about the nuts, and about the trees that produce them.
The coco de mer palm has separate male and female trees, unlike the coconut palm. And, unlike the more familiar fruit of the coconut tree, the coco de mer fruit is not adapted to disperse naturally by floating on the ocean water. When a coco de mer fruit falls into the sea, it cannot float because of its great weight and density; instead it sinks to the bottom. However, after the fruit has been on the sea bed for a considerable period of time, the husk drops off, the internal parts of the nut decay, and the gases that form inside the nut cause the bare nut to rise up to the surface. At that time the nut can float, but is no longer fertile, thus when the ocean currents cause the nut to wash up on a distant beach, for example in the Maldives, a tree cannot, and does not, grow from the nut. The name coco de mer is French, and means “coconut of the sea”.
The overall structural condition of this item is perfect with no cracks or breaks to the item. Some wear to the reverse as shown in the pictures provided this is due to a previous mount that was glued the nut. This is not visible or effects the beauty of the item obviously as it’s on the reverse of the item.
Quite simply a stunning decorative object, highly collectable and comes with stand as shown in photo.
Size: H 10.5” x D 5” x W 10”
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