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Gourd Container with Rattan Handle 2

Collected by the musuem in the early 1950s, it was most likely used during the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Museum of Ethnic Cultures, Minzu University of China

Museum of Ethnic Cultures, Minzu University of China

Gourds are abundant in Taiwan, and play an important role in the indigenous cultures of the island. Aside from use as food, locals have used them to make all kinds of containers. Larger gourds are used to store grain or clothes, while smaller ones are used for containing wine or water. Gourds can also be used as floatation devices when crossing rivers, and as containers when travelling. The possession of large quantities of gourds was a symbol of wealth. Rattan weaving is also highly developed in Taiwan, and people usually weave rattan nets around gourd containers for convenience.

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  • Title: Gourd Container with Rattan Handle 2
  • Date: Collected by the musuem in the early 1950s, it was most likely used during the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Provenance: Museum of Ethnic Cultures, Minzu University of China
  • Original Source: http://bwg.muc.edu.cn/
  • tribe: Atayal
  • object type: Daily Utensil
  • ethnic group: Taiwanese Ethnic Minorities

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