OUR GLOBAL KITCHEN: FOOD, NATURE, CULTURE

 
BOWL/LID
AFRICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 90.2/ 4445 AB
Culture: AITH WARYAGHAR
Locale: CENTRAL RIF
Country: MOROCCO
Material: CERAMIC
Dimensions: A) H:008.0 D:023.2 B) H:009.0 D:026.8 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1960 [PURCHASE]
Donor: HART
Keywords: BOWL, BOWL LID
Category: CONTAINERS

Exhibition Label: This heavy earthenware pot for making slow-cooked Moroccan stews is called a tagine - and so is the stew itself. The conical top traps steam inside the vessel and redirects it to the food below, rendering the stew moist and tender. When the cooking is done, the bottom becomes the serving dish. This tagine was made more than 50 years ago by people in Morocco's Rif Mountains.
 
CASTS (3), HAN POTTERY GRAIN TOWER W/PIG
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70.0/ 169
Culture: (CHINESE (HAN))
Country: (CHINA)
Material: PLASTER, PIGMENT
Dimensions: L:23 D:22 H:17 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1906 [EXCHANGE]
Donor: CLARKE
Keywords: CAST, GRAIN TOWER

Exhibition Label: A meal eaten 2,000 years ago in Han China (206 BC-AD 220) would almost surely have included grains - like rice, millet, winter wheat or barley. Each year, grain farmers stored their crop in locked or elevated towers, and they might also have allowed grain to drop out to feed their animals, like the floppy-eared pig seen here.
 
CHOP STICKS, PAIR
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70 / 4247 AB
Culture: KOREAN
Country: KOREA
Material: METAL (BRASS)
Dimensions: AB) L:8.2 W:0.6 H:0.3 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1901 [PURCHASE]
Donor: VINTON, C. C., DR.
Keywords: CHOPSTICK
Category: EQUIPMENT

Exhibition Label: For many hundreds of years, Koreans have used both a shallow spoon and chopsticks to mix rice and soup - in contrast to neighboring cultures, like in China, where people use chopsticks mostly for rice and spoons for soups.
 
COOKING DISH, W/ HANDLES, LID
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70 /13271
Culture: KOREAN
Country: KOREA
Material: METAL
Dimensions: BASE) D:20 H:18 LID) D:21 H:4 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1904
Donor: VINTON, C. C., DR.
Keywords: DISH
Categories: CONTAINERS, EQUIPMENT
 
CORN POPPER, DIPPER, FACE ON HANDLE
SOUTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 41.0/ 4702
Culture: MOCHE
Locale: NORTH COAST
Country: PERU
Material: CLAY, PIGMENT
Dimensions: H:12.0,L:31.0,W:18.0 (in CM)
Technique: PAINTED
Subject: FANGED HUMAN FACE
Acquisition Year: 1923 [GIFT]
Donor: WILKINS, H.A.J., MRS.
Keywords: CORN POPPER, DIPPER
Category: EQUIPMENT

Exhibition Label: Popcorn pops when the water inside the kernel turns to steam and bursts through the outer layer. The indigenous people of the Americas roasted maize over an open flame. Moche people used this ceramic vessel to hold the kernels over the fire.
 
DOG VESSEL
MEXICAN & CENTRAL AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: MCAA/ 0146
Locale: COLIMA
Country: MEXICO
Period: LATE FORMATIVE/EARLY CLASSIC, circa B.C. 300 - A.D. 300
Material: CLAY
Dimensions: L: 34.0; W: 15.0; H: 19.5 (in CM)
Subject: CLAY DOG VESSEL
Acquisition Year: 1995 [GIFT]
Donor: LEWIS, GEORGE, ESTATE OF
Keywords: EFFIGY VESSEL
Category: CONTAINERS

Exhibition Label: Hundreds of ceramic dogs much like these were found in burial tombs in what is now western Mexico, dating to before AD 200. They resemble the dogs sold in the Aztec markets, as well as the Mexican hairless dogs still popular today. Such dogs were fattened for food and ceramic sculptures of them were used as burial items, which served the dead as guides or companions in the afterworld.
 
DOUBLE POINTED LAVA MANO
MEXICAN & CENTRAL AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: K/ 6740
Locale: BUENOS AIRES
Country: COSTA RICA
Material: STONE (LAVA)
Acquisition Year: 1934 [GIFT]
Donor: HAY, CLARENCE L.
Keywords: STONE MANO
Category: EQUIPMENT

Exhibition Label: This mano may have been used more than 500 years ago to grind maize and other foods. Ancient residents of what’s now Costa Rica, where these were found, would have rolled the cylindrical mano, a hand tool a bit like a rolling pin, back and forth across the top of the metate, crushing the food in the process.
 
GLOBULAR "COPA" VESSEL
MEXICAN & CENTRAL AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 30 / 9825
Locale: CHOLULA?
Country: MEXICO
Period: POSTCLASSIC, circa A.D. 900 - 1520
Material: CLAY
Dimensions: L: 16.0 DIA: 14.0 (in CM)
Technique: CHOLULA TYPE
Subject: (TERRA COTTA CHOLULA WARE BOWL)
Acquisition Year: 1901 [PURCHASE]
Donor: DORENBERG, J.
Keywords: BOWL
Category: CONTAINERS

Exhibition Label: This cup was very likely used to serve chocolate. The shape and decorations on the cup identify it as from the Aztec period. Mixing with maize (corn) and other ingredients helped create long-lasting foam, which some ancient Mexicans believed contained a vital life force.
 
GRINDING STONE
MEXICAN & CENTRAL AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: K/ 3449
Locale: NICOYA
Country: COSTA RICA
Material: STONE
Acquisition Year: 1934 [GIFT]
Donor: HAY, CLARENCE L.
Keywords: GRINDING STONE
Category: EQUIPMENT

Exhibition Label: This metate may have been used more than 500 years ago to grind maize and other foods. Ancient residents of what’s now Costa Rica, where these were found, would have rolled the cylindrical mano, a hand tool a bit like a rolling pin, back and forth across the top of the metate, crushing the food in the process.
 
GRINDING STONE, JAGUAR METATE
MEXICAN & CENTRAL AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: K/ 6860
Locale: MERCEDES FARM
Country: COSTA RICA
Material: STONE
Subject: JAGUAR
Acquisition Year: 1934 [GIFT]
Donor: HAY, CLARENCE L.
Keywords: EFFIGY METATE, GRINDING STONE
Category: EQUIPMENT

Exhibition Label: Dating to between 500 and 1,000 years ago, this decorative metate with a jaguar motif may have been used in ritualistic food preparation. Like the other metate displayed here, this one was carved from local volcanic basalt.
 
HEARTH
AFRICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 90.2/ 4442
Culture: AITH WARYAGHAR
Locale: CENTRAL RIF
Country: MOROCCO
Material: CERAMIC
Dimensions: H:019.0 D:023.5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1960 [PURCHASE]
Donor: HART
Keywords: BRAZIER
Category: EQUIPMENT
 
HEARTH
AFRICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 90.2/ 5495
Country: MOROCCO
Material: CERAMIC
Dimensions: H:18.0 D:20.3 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1967 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: TURNBULL
Keywords: BRAZIER
Category: EQUIPMENT
 
JAR
AFRICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 90.2/ 5170
Culture: ATTA
Locale: CENTRAL RIF
Country: MOROCCO
Material: CERAMIC
Dimensions: H:028.5 D:019.5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1965 [GIFT]
Donor: HART
Keywords: JAR
Category: CONTAINERS

Exhibition Label: This jar was probably used to hold smen , a kind of preserved butter made from the milk of goats, sheep or cows. Uniquely Moroccan, smen is first melted, or clarified, then cultured (like yogurt) giving it a stronger flavor.
 
LADLE
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70 /11868
Culture: CHINESE (HAN)
Country: CHINA
Material: METAL (BRONZE)
Dimensions: L:34 W:19 H:8 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1904 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: LAUFER, BERTHOLD
Keywords: LADLE
Category: EQUIPMENT

Exhibition Label: Cooking is easier with the right utensils. In Han China (206 BC-AD 220), utensils were made from iron, wood and gourds - as well as from bronze. This attractively shaped bronze ladle was possibly used for scooping water for cooking or bathing.
 
MASK
PACIFIC ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 80.0/ 6406
Culture: ABELAM
Locale: NEW GUINEA, AITAPE DISTRICT
Region: MELANESIA
Country: PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Date: Early 20th Century A.D.
Material: PLANT FIBER, PIGMENT
Dimensions: L:26 W:15 H:13 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1933 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: MEAD, MARGARET, DR.
Keywords: MASK
Category: COSTUME

Exhibition Label: This mask wasn’t made to be worn by people, but by enormous yams, which play a vital role in the life of the Abelam people of New Guinea. Many Abelam men take part in a ritual in which they grow some yams to colossal sizes. At harvest time, the men display their largest yams in ceremonial dress, then exchange them with one another. Rival clans compete over who has the largest yam.
 
MODEL, NATIVE GRAIN STOREHOUSE (2 PARTS)
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 80.0/ 3994
Locale: SUMATRA
Region: MELANESIA
Country: INDONESIA
Date: Early 20th Century
Material: BRASS
Dimensions: HOUSE) L:7.5 W:7.5 H:12.5 ROOF) L:11 W:10 H:15 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1919 [GIFT]
Donor: WALCOTT
Keywords: MODEL GRAIN STOREHOUSE
 
MODEL, NATIVE GRAIN STOREHOUSE (2 PARTS)
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 80.0/ 3995
Locale: SUMATRA
Region: MELANESIA
Country: INDONESIA
Date: Early 20th Century
Material: BRASS
Dimensions: HOUSE) L:7.5 W:7.5 H:13.2 ROOF) L:10.6 W:9.5 H:17 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1919 [GIFT]
Donor: WALCOTT
Keywords: MODEL, STOREHOUSE
 
MODEL, POTTERY GRAIN MILL, GLAZED
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 73.0/ 1954 AB
Culture: CHINESE (HAN)
Country: CHINA
Material: CLAY, GLAZE (OLIVE GREEN)
Dimensions: A) D:15.5 H:6.5 B) D:9 H:2.5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1985 [GIFT]
Donor: SCHLOSS
Keywords: MILL, MODEL
Category: EQUIPMENT
 
NECKLACE
MEXICAN & CENTRAL AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 30.3/ 257
Country: MEXICO
Material: STONE (TURQUOISE), METAL (COPPER)
Dimensions: L:15.5 W:4 H:1.8 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1957 [GIFT]
Donor: RIESS-VASQUEZ, ALMA, ESTATE OF
Keywords: NECKLACE
Category: COSTUME
 
PESTLE/MORTAR
AFRICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 90.2/ 5157 AB
Culture: ATTA
Country: MOROCCO
Material: WOOD
Dimensions: A) L:30 D:6.5 B) L:25.5 D:13 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1965 [GIFT]
Donor: HART
Keywords: MORTAR, PESTLE
Category: EQUIPMENT

Exhibition Label: Among the most widely used kitchen tools, mortars and pestles come in many sizes and materials. In Morocco they are used for grinding everything from nuts to spices and herbs.
 
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