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Steamer Support

unknownRepublic of Korea/Since the Liberation of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea

A steamer support is a kitchen utensil used to support a rice steamer when steaming grains or rice cakes, and was also called jeung, or steamer mat. A rice steamer has multiple holes to let out the hot steam, and a steamer support was laid underneath to prevent rice or steamed rice flour from leaking through the holes. A steamer support is designed in close relation to the use of a rice steamer. Its form is typically round to follow round shape of the bottom of the steamer. Its materials generally included fibrous and durable materials such as straw, Korean traditional mulberry paper, hemp skin, kudzu runners, or bamboo skin. These materials were woven from the center outward in a circular formation. In some cases, two wooden plates are placed in a cross shape, into the top of which grooves are cut, then a thin strip of bamboo is inserted in a spiral direction from the center outward. The holes of the support were large enough to let hot steam pass through. It was generally kept hanging on the wall or rolled up in storage, but since it was liable to become misshapen under its own weight or by being curled, it was sometimes woven together with thin bamboo strips to maintain the shape.

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  • Title: Steamer Support
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Republic of Korea/Since the Liberation of Korea
  • Location: 한국
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter 39 Height 6.3
  • Type: Eating/Cooking/Cooking Tool/Steamer Support
  • Medium: Wood/Bamboo

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