Specimen of a Seychelles ‘Coco de Mer’
Specimen of a Seychelles ‘Coco de Mer’

Specimen of a Seychelles ‘Coco de Mer’

1800 to 1900 Seychelles

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A Large Fine Specimen of a Seychelles ‘Coco de Mer’ of female form
19th Century

Size: 27cm high, 29cm wide, 15cm deep – 10¼ ins high, 11¼ ins wide, 6 ins deep
See: Finch & Co catalogue no.3, item no.35, catalogue no.15, item no.31, catalogue no.17, item no.50, for other examples
The double formed coconut of a tall palm tree indigenous to only two of the 115 Seychelles Islands, ‘Coco de Mer’ take eight to ten years to ripen on mature trees that are well over 100 years old.
The source of many legends and mysteries ‘Coco de Mer’ were often found by sailors floating in the warm currents of the South Seas. There is an example in Rosenburg Castle in the Royal Danish Kunstkammer of 1737 described as ‘complete, rare and beautiful’.

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