Polynesian Coconut Cup

  • This charming Polynesian coconut cup was specially designed for the tourist market
  • Adorned by a Polynesian motif, it features beautifully dressed figures and even a peacock
  • Set on a silverplate pedestal foot, it is further mounted with a silverplate rim
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Item No. 29-8609

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Exhibiting highly detailed carving, this charming Polynesian coconut cup was specially designed for the tourist market. Adorned by a Polynesian motif, it features beautifully dressed figures and even a peacock. Set on a silverplate pedestal foot and mounted with a silverplate rim, this intriguing cup exhibits a rare combination of classical beauty and exotic charm. 

The use of rare and exotic materials such as the coconut became popular across Europe during the Middle Ages when it was believed that these unique materials from distant lands possessed mystical powers. It was held that they could detect, and even deter, the effects of poison and as such were employed as drinking vessels, often mounted with ornate embellishments of silver. As more trade routes opened up during the 16th century, materials such as the coconut became more widely available, though still only afforded to the wealthy minority in Europe and England. Very similar silver-mounted coconut cups can be found in the most respected museum collections, including the Gilbert Collection.

19th Century

6 9/16” high
Polynesian Coconut Cup
Period: 19th Century
Origin: Other
Type: Miscellaneous

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