This quirky and unusual hand carved coconut bowl half dates to the late 19th, very early 20th century. British Guiana (also spelled Guyana) was the name of the British colony in the British West Indies and in the Caribbean, on the northern coast of South America, which since 1966 has been known as the independent nation of Guyana.
The central scene of this well carved and inscribed half shell forms part of the flag of Guiana and features a galleon flying the red ensign. Above the motto is a large crown. The crown and ship was used by the British Guiana Volunteer Force.
The text reads ‘British Guiana Damus. Petimusque. Vicissim.’ This was the motto of British Guiana, the Latin motto translates to ‘We give and take in return.’
This is a unique, decorative item that is perfect for anyone who has a passion for history or maritime folk art. It hangs from its rope loop and looks very handsome, perfect for your library or den.
Measuring: Diameter 6 1/8 inch (15.5 cm). Height 3.25 inch (8 cm).
Condition: Very good.
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