Canasta Colgante

This basket was bought in Luquillo in 1979. The hanging supports are made of bejuco, processed fiber from the century plant, or maguey. A large metal disk was placed around the top to keep rodents from crawling into it from above. Widely used in rural kitchens, it is called a canestillo in the center of the island and a barandillo in the north.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
20th century
ca 1979
Physical Description
plant fiber (overall material)
overall: 47.5 cm x 47 cm; 18 11/16 in x 18 1/2 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Carolina, Luquillo
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Daily Life
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Household Tools and Equipment
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Hanging Basket
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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