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."
Description (Spanish)
Este cucharón está hecho de una vasija de calabaza con mango de madera. Teodoro Vidal invirtió gran esfuerzo en la investigación y documentación de los objetos de su colección. Las notas que escribió en oportunidad de la compra de este objeto decían "Hataca, o Jataca (palabra de origen indígena), cuchara grande o vasija hecha de calabaza. A menudo empleada para recoger agua del tinajero (recipiente para filtrar el agua). Este objeto fue adquirido en 1958 en el pueblo de Anasco".
Currently not on view
Date made
mid 20th century
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Mayagüez-Aguadilla, Añasco
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Daily Life
Puerto Rico
Household Tools and Equipment
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Cultures & Communities
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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