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Title

Coconut scraper

20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This is a wooden coconut grater of the kind typically found across Indonesia and Oceania. There was once a metal bit inserted at the end of the neck, which was the actual scraper. A person would have sat upon the seat while grating the coconut, and hence there is a shiny patina on it. The body of the scraper has two short back legs and two front arms and hands that reach upwards towards the neck-like extension. Its belly displays male genitalia and two breast-like protuberances, the combination of male and female attributes being common in central Nias in reference to fertility and abundance. Along the upper part of the 'neck' is a male figure with a prominent headdress, bulging eyes, and what appears to be a lengthy moustache carved in high relief, which may also refer to an elder or ancestor. On the underside is a lizard form, also common in Nias sculpture, in low relief.


Details


Other Title

Nias coconut scraper


Place where the work was made

Nias Indonesia


Cultural origin

Central Nias


Date

20th century


Media category

Woodwork


Materials used

wood


Dimensions

51.0 x 18.0 cm


Credit

Purchased with Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest Funds 2011


Location

Not on display


Accession number

365.2011