Mi 00044

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Producer unknown to us

Scraper for pandanus fruit

Oceania, Micronesia, Marshall Islands

Prior to 1901

Sea shell, wood

Emil Hütter (Manager Jaluit Station)

Donation to the museum by Hütter in 1901

Mi 44

People living on the islands used this scraper to remove the pulp of the pandanus fruit. Furthermore, they collected the fruit juice in the shell.

The Jaluit Company was a German colonial trade- and plantation company working in the Pacific region. On the Marshall Islands, they mainly operated coconut palm plantations. The German Reich transferred the administration of these “protectorates” in the Pacific Ocean south of the equator (1888–1906).

Emil Hütter was the manager of the company’s trading post on Jaluit. The museum purchased an extensive part of the Micronesia collections from employees of the Jaluit company. Hütter received a diploma for patrons of the museum, an appreciation of his collecting activity that during his time significantly contributed to a person’s reputation.

Juliane Heinze