Basket (Ulbong / Orpfong)

Inventory number SA 35767
Woven container with lid and braided handle used to store rice peeled or pounded with a mortar and pestle. A representation of a lizard has been woven into the outside of the container. Before the advent of plastic and ceramic rice containers, every household owned one of these containers. The container was mainly used to protect the rice from unwanted insects and to retain the rice's desired moisture and taste. Every household stored pounded rice so it was ready to cook. Text: Prof. Dr. Leah E. Abayao, Cordillera Studies Center, UP Baguio.

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