This cucharón, or ladle, is constructed from a gourd bowl with wood handle. Teodoro Vidal went to great lengths to research and document the objects that he collected. The notes written by him upon acquiring this ladle read, "Hataca, or Jataca (word of Indian origin), large spoon or vessel made of gourd. Often used to get water from the tinajero (water filter). This one was acquired in 1958 in the town of Anasco."
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
mid 20th century
Physical Description
gourd; wood; cotton (overall material)
gourd (overall material)
wood (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
overall: 7.7 cm x 9.3 cm x 42.9 cm; 3 1/16 in x 3 11/16 in x 16 7/8 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Mayagüez-Aguadilla, Añasco
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Daily Life
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Household Tools and Equipment
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title (Spanish)
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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