Antique Carved Coconut Grater/Fruit Cutter, South India (9225D-UKH)
H: 5.125″ W: 21.5″ D: 9″
Hand carved coconut cutters like this were commonly used in India and Thailand to facilitate the difficult task of extracting all parts of the coconut that were routinely used in these cultures. Carvers took pleasure in creating unique and functional folk art tools with local artistic motifs. Long since discontinued, this carving with its warm and rustic feel would be a special decorative addition to any style kitchen and an interesting conversational piece.
This wonderfully hand-crafted antique wood and metal coconut grater (boti) from South India is an example of the fine artistic Indian-carvings that transform functional-and-utilitarian objects into striking decorative pieces. Coconut cutters were commonly used throughout India to make use of all parts of the nut in cooking and for large fruits, vegetables other foods and were often found in street markets where customers could also purchase the coconut, its milk, grated pieces, or cut fruits. Some carved cutters called Boti were shaped as small crouching animals. This one, carved from one piece of wood, is wide with a flat 2 piece stand-like bottom for stability and is impressively decorated on the top with radiating circular patterns and framed with pierced floral patterns. An elegantly curved sharp metal blade rises above the bowl like area. Among traditional Indian-carvings, this once common kitchen tool has become a scarce and prized folk-art relic of former times but is now a unique form of kitchen-accessories that is part of the VA Accessories-and-Furniture Collection. It is in excellent condition with expected chips and rough but pleasing patina surface from constant use and age.
|Dimensions||21.5 × 9 × 5.125 in|
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Ht: 5.125” W: 21.5” D: 9”
Ht: 13.02cm W: 54.61cm D: 22.86cm
18” to 23.9”
0” to 5.9”
Very good, patina and wear consistent with age and use
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