Rare Coconut Grater, Tikopia Island
Wood, fiber, metal
height 21 1/4in (54cm)
James Malone Collection, Hawaii
This very rare and unusual grating stool from the Polynesian outlier Tikopia is whimsically carved in an animated manner with a large saddle seat supported on tripod legs, one bound underneath with vegetable fiber, the underlying ridge of the seat accented with a serrated edge; ancient and weathered varied light brown patina (the bound grating implement now lost) with nails of later date inset where the grater originally would have been.