This model as a bit more of a published history than the last. In “Best of Origami” (E. P. Dutton & co, 1963) Samuel Randlett gives the following description:
“The Lazy Susan is a figure traditional in the Szechwan province of west China; its five compartments represent the five happinesses. (Five is a lucky number to the Chinese.) Mr. Chris Chow introduced the model to America by teaching it to Mr. Philip Shen, who popularized the model among devotees of origami.”
The name “Lazy Susan” is probably a western interpretation of the model, and in “Chinese Origami” (Ivy Press, 2006) David Mitchell observes that the model may have originated as a representation of Chinese coinage, which would be burned during a funeral ceremony. This conjecture is consistent with several other more well-documented Chinese models, which are still used today for similar functions.