A NIAS COCONUT GRATER

Coconut grater
Nias, Indonesia
Wood, 54,5 x 28 cm
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

Ex collection. François Coppens
Joop Schafthuizen, Belgium

Price on request.