A TE TUAI COCONUT SCRAPER 

Provenance: private collection USA

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.

Nukuoro Atoll, Caroline Islands, Micronesia
Wood and pearl shell. Early 20th century, 64 x 40 cm

Price:  €  2.800,-