Vintage Coconut Scraper From Chettinad Carved From A Single Block Of Wood- L 48 xm x W 16 cm

This vintage coconut scraper from the Southern state of Chettinad is more than 75 years old and beautifully carved with circular floral motifs from a single block of wood representing the rich cultural heritage and gracious living of a bygone era and the  Nattukottai Chettiars. 
The scraper with two main aspects has a wooden seating arrangement with one side ending as a bowl scooped out of the same wood. The pedestal for the raised platform is called Peetha in Sanskrit to which an iron rod in the shape of a serpent with raised hood is attached.
The iron hood is the scraper with serrated edges and positioned to allow the coconut scrapings to fall in the wooden bowl located directly underneath.
This coconut scraper is a beautiful reminder of gracious living representing the rich cultural heritage, remarkable taste for good food, regal lifestyle, art and architecture of the Chettiars. 
Grating the coconut: 
The person sits on the Peeta and holding one section of the coconut from the hard shell side in the hand, places the meat side of the coconut on the grater disk and gives rotating motions where the grating motion takes out the fresh white coconut meat from the brown hard coconut shell. 
Length 48 cm x Width 16 cm x Height 4 cm 
Diameter of the round hollow : 19 cm 
Weight - 1050 Grams