A TE TUAI COCONUT SCRAPER
Nukuoro Atoll, Caroline Islands
Ex private collection USA
Early 20th century, 64 x 40 cm
The gracefully shaped stool resembles a stylized zoomorphic figure. A serrated piece of shell is attached to the front of the stool with plant fibers. Mostly women are sitting on the stool meanwhile they split the coconut and rubs along the edge to shred the meat. The minimalist style of Nukuoro carving, exemplified by this stool and by almost abstract deity figures also made on the atoll, is characteristically Micronesian.
Price on request.