Carved coconut money box "bugbear", Spanish Colonial, 19th century - Kate Thurlow | Gallery Forty One

Carved coconut money box "bugbear", Spanish Colonial, 19th century

£850.00






Carved coconut money box known as a "bugbear", inlaid with with mother of pearl eyes and open mouth lacking stopper, finely carved all over in high relief with dynamic figures and a dog set in a richly decorated jungle background, with a carved coin slot at the top. Carved with an inscription "un recuerdo de san juan de ulua" which translates as "a souvenir from San Juan de Ulua". This island in the gulf of Mexico has a complex of Spanish Colonial fortresses. Sailor's work, South America, mid 19th century

 

DIAMETER: 12 1/2 in. (32.5 cm)
LENGTH: 5 in. (13 cm)

 

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