The Maldives (Seychelles) Coconut standing Cups were fashionable rareties in Western Europe in the late 15th Century and throughout the 16th and 17th Century. The "Coconut de Mer" a huge black fruit, formed under the Ocean, with bizarre forms taken as feminine, were absolute rarity in Europe and their simbolic load, considered as being endured with powerfull counter-poison properties.
Being one of the most coveted natural history objects, the Maldives Coconut frequently was transformed into jewelry or as drinking vessel.
"The Coconut of the Maldives is an Indian nut, open and empty, that appears to be emerging and growing under the sea" Daniel Fröschl, (1607) inventor of the Kunst Kammer of the emperor Rudolph II.
Bibliography: Vassalo e Silva, N. (2001), Preciosidades e Maravilhas entre Goa e Lisboa. In H. Trnek & N. Vassalo e Silva (Coord.). Exotica. Os Descobrimentos Portugueses e as Câmaras de Maravilhas do Renascimento (pp.39-63) and(pp. 176-177)
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