Vegetable ivory

This palm seed was purchased from a curio shop in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in November 1978, as a “ propagator of ivory growth in elephants “. This unusual description is because the innermost part of the seed looks very much like ivory. It is often called ‘vegetable ivory’ and can be carved to make figures and trinkets.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Common Name
vegetable ivory
Simple Name
fruit; vegetable ivory
Full Name
palm seed: vegetable ivory
Period Classification
Modern (1945-); Modern (1900-)
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
ex coll. Mrs Back
Collection Town
Collection Country
Collection Area Region
Southern Africa
Collection Continent

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