Coco de Mer or Sea Coconut crafted as handled carrier - Lodoicea maldivica - 300×260×170 mm

Description
Coco de Mer or Sea Coconut crafted as handled carrier - Lodoicea maldivica - 300×260×170 mm
1940 - Seychelles - CITES Appendix III - Annex C in the EU

The Coco De Mer is one of the most peculiar fruits in the world: it only grows on the islands of Praslin and Curieuse (Seychelles) and looks incredibly like the female genitalia on one side, and like buttocks, on the other.

This particularly large specimen has been worked to make it a fascinating ornamental object.
Sectioned in two, emptied and adorned with beautiful inlays, this rare fruit is now an exclusive sculpture that can be used as a decorative piece and to store objects of any kind inside.

The ripe fruit is very heavy, 15 to 25 kg, so it cannot float on the water, it sinks instead until the flesh inside decomposes, and resurfaces only thanks to the gases inside. Hence the erroneous belief this was the fruit of some unknown marine tree, and also the name ‘sea coconut’. This also explains why this palm has never spread to other islands.
This species is currently protected and has become a collector’s item, as it is exported strictly under government control. The profits are used for environmental conservation activities.

Size: 300 x 260 x 170 mm
Weight: 1120 g

Lot details
Specimen
Coco de Mer or Sea Coconut
Object
crafted as handled carrier
Scientific Name
Lodoicea maldivica
Origin
Seychelles
CITES relevancy
CITES Appendix III - Annex C in the EU
Condition
Preserved
Year
1940
Dimensions
300×260×170 mm
Weight
1120 g
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