Coquilla Nut and Bone Dice Shaker

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The coquilla nut originates from Brazil
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An antique dice shaker dating from the early 20th century made from a carved coquilla nut and pierced bone (possibly ivory).

The coquilla nut is the fruit of the Brazilian palm tree, known as ‘Piassabe’ in Brazil. The nut was exported for more than 500 years right up until the beginning of the 20th century. These small nuts were carved into useful and decorative objects.

This piece measures approx. 8.5cm tall x 4cm wide and weighs 34 grams. It is in good condition with a small amount of wear and a slight crack to the bottom of the bone where it meets the nut. There are grooves to the bottom of the nut, (as shown in the photos) this appears to be a feature of the nut itself or a design feature and not damage.

A wonderful little antique curio.

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