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Coconut Bugbear Flask

£ 395

Reference
82266
Height
4 1/1" (12.5 cm)
Width
3 1/4" (8 cm)
Depth
3 1/1" (10 cm)
A Bugbear Flask carved out of a coconut.

Sailors from a number of countries would carve green coconuts to while away the time on a long journey. This Bugbear Flask shows 4 scenes around the oval coconut; a huntsman with a rifle and dog, armour, drums, flags and other symbols of war, a shield above a follower with fronds to its sides and lastly, a tomb with a heart above, attended by an angel with a torch to light the way. To one end you have the Bugbear's face with a beard, eyebrows, an open eye and mouth and the other eye closed. To the bottom is a simple pattern with leaves.

Bugbears were made throughout most of the 19th Century and sometimes fitted with silver mouthpieces for use as a gun flask. 19th Century.
Height
4 1/1" (12.5 cm)
Width
3 1/4" (8 cm)
Depth
3 1/1" (10 cm)
Period
19th Century
Medium
Coconut Shell
Exhibitions
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