Curious bell with the sculpted grip of a grotesque face in a corozo nut. The eyes are made of glass. Popular art of the 19th century. Height: 7 cm diameter: 4.5 cm.The bell is in good condition. Corozo nuts are the seed of a large palm that grows only in the tropical forest of northwestern South America. First worked by the Quechua Indians to shape jewellery and various small objects, then by the sailors who made them small boxes, tabatières... The French prisoners condemned to the bagne in French Guiana worked it to spend time but also and above all to make some money in order to improve their daily life. In europe, the first to discover the corozo are the Germans with whom they will make buttons and small ornaments.
The opening of the panama canal allows a wider European to discover the corozo, then later the united states. The button industry was the largest user of corozo nuts but was also used to make dice, sewing dice, needlecases, jewelry, small decorative pieces. For buyers abroad, do not hesitate to contact me in order to define the terms of shipment and the amount of the shipping costs. The item "cloche with head carved in a corozo nut" has been on sale since Thursday 11 February 2021.
It is in the category "art, antiques\ objects of xixe and before". The seller is "pstt63" and is located in/in marinas. This item can be shipped to the following countries: France, Germany.