A RARE NIAS COCONUT GRATER
Provenance: François Coppens
Joop Schafthuizen, Belgium
Beginning of 20th Century
Wooden coconut grater in the shape of a stylised animal with spread forelegs and thick cylindrical hind legs with vaguely sketched genitalia.
The raised neck with a small head carries a dorsal human figure.
While grating, the object served as a stool. Graters of this ancient type cover a vast range of distribution over Indonesia and parts of Micronesia and Polynesia.
Published in ”Nias Tribal treasures”, Volkenkundig Museum Nusantara, Delft, page 305
Wood, 54,5 x 28 cm
Price: € 2.200,-