This is a folding chair from East Africa that has a sharp serrated blade attached to the top. The function? This is a coconut grater with a built-in seat! Once a coconut is halved, the meat of the coconut is scraped away from the interior using the serrated blade. The coconut shavings are steeped in hot water to make coconut milk, which is a commonly used in East African cuisine to create sauces, curries, and desserts. The hinged wooden seat was carved from a single piece of hardwood and can be folded flat for efficient storage. It is also called an mbuzi, which means goat in Swahili.
Stephen E. Nash, PhD
Senior Curator of Archaeology and Director of Anthropology