Coconut scraper - ROM2004_947_16


Coconut scraper

Maker: Marqueasas
Medium:Wood, shell, fibre, sennit
Geography: Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
Date: early 20th century
52.1 × 17.8 × 35 cm
Object number: HB1878
Not on view
DescriptionIn most of the Pacific islands, coconut and fish were the principal items of food. Archaeologists have discovered a coconut scraper made of mother of pearl shells in Huahine, Society Islands. The more recent coconut scraper shown here also includes a mother of pearl shell. The half moon outline of a shell is cut into a serrated edge and affixed to the projecting point of the coconut scraper. The person sitting on the stool would scrape coconut pieces against the serrated edge and the white flesh of the coconut would fall into the container located underneath the projecting point. The freshly scraped coconut then is squeezed in warm water to extract its milk. Leafy vegetables, yams, sweet potatoes or other tubers (or fish and meat) are usually cooked with coconut milk resulting in a savoury dish. Additional Reading: 1. Engelhard, Jutta-Beate and Burkhard Fenner. 1996. Wer hat die Kokosnuss--? : die Kokospalme, Baum der tausend Möglichkeiten; (Who has the Coconut? The Coconut Palm: Tree of a Thousand Possibilities.) With contributions from Detlev Arens and Hanns F. Groeschke. Cologne: Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum für Völkerkunde der Stadt Köln.
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