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Unusual carved lower border, probably carved by a sailor on board ship
Size: 62.5cm high, 50.5cm wide - 24½ ins high, 20 ins wide
C.I.T.E.S documentation available for export if exported outside of the UK / EU
Ex Private English collection
In the mid 19th century the American naturalist Henry Walter Bates estimated that 48 million eggs were gathered from the turtle nests on the large exposed sandbanks of the Amazon river. The oil from the eggs was used for lamps, lubrication and for cooking. The adult turtles were killed in large numbers for food, and often taken on board ship by European sailors to utilise as fresh meat on their long voyage home.