Natural History - a Coco de Mer (Lodoicea), Seychelles, early 20thC or earlier, of typical form in an unpolished natural state, 10in x 11in x 9in (25.5cm x 28cm x 23cm) approx.
Note: Coco de Mers were originally found floating in the sea, hence the name, and it was thought that they greo on mythical trees at the bottom of the sea. Known for their resemblance to the female form, they became fashionable curiosities during the 16thC when European nobles would often have the shells of these nuts polished and decorated with valuable jewels. In 1768 by Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne discovered that they grew in the Seychelles; Coco de Mer now only grows on the Praslin and Curieuse islands where it is now a rare and protected species.
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