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nutmeg rasp

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  • Allison Skewes asked

    How many cm thick and wide is the wood? Is the back solid or is there a gap for the nutmeg to fall through? How long is the brass rasp? I think it would be rather fun to try to make a reproduction based on this item!

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Allison, it's a 16th-century Dutch nutmeggrater, made from wood and perforated copper plate.There's a little hole in the top part of the wood, probably to hang the grater on. The length of the wood is 10,3 cm, we don't have the width in our records, my estimate would be c. 3,5-4 cm. There's no hole in the middle of wood, because the grated nutmeg could just exit at the open ended short end. If you indeed make a reproduction of it, we would of course love to see a picture of the end result! Best, Alexandra PS. Check this print of Pieter van der Heyden (after Pieter Bruegel); you'll find a giant grater in the left bottom corner: http://collectie.boijmans.nl/nl/object/64153/De-vette-keuken/Pieter-van-der-Heyden


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Title nutmeg rasp
Material and technique Wood, brass
Object type
Nutmeg rasp > Grater > Cooking utensils > Kitchen and household > Utensil
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height Error: 2,2 is not a valid BCD value cm
Width Error: 10,1 is not a valid BCD value cm
Depth Error: 3,8 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Coppersmith: Anoniem
Accession number F 8567 (KN&V)
Credits Gift Coll. Van Beuningen-de Vriese, 1990
Department Applied Arts & Design
Acquisition date 1991
Creation date in 1500-1600
Collector Collector / Van Beuningen-de Vriese
Research Alma
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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