Name: Coconut Scraper
This Laos folk art creature is an old, hand-carved wooden animal-shaped (weasel?) coconut scraper with a metal serrated "tongue". To be used, the person sits on the back of the animal and scrapes half of a young coconut over the "tongue" to shred the meat, which is then squeezed to make coconut milk for cooking. This animal sits on its hind end, and has a beautiful dark patina from years of use. There is a full-length crack on the bottom of the animal that does not go through to the top, and does not inhibit its use or display beauty.
Size: 19 in. long, 2 in. wide, 5.25 in. high,
Origins: Luang Prabang Province, Laos