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The Cocquilla nut decorated with flowering tendrils
First half of the 17th Century
Size: 11.5cm high, 9.5cm wide (max) – 4½ ins high, 3¾ ins wide (max)
Although used to elevate Christian worship these exotic objects, which were very popular in European Kuustkammers, were produced in what the priests believed to be 'pagan' countries. The church and monastery treasures grew rich on the influx of these luxury items from South America, Africa and the Orient.