One of the best parts about Thanksgiving (other than being thankful, of course) is the food! Every year all over the country we cook mountains of tasty foods and scrumptious desserts in celebration of the holiday. .
Food is universal, and feasting is a celebratory act across many cultures. The way meals are prepared, served, and stored varies by cultural tradition in a lot of interesting ways! Take a look at the implements that different cultures have used throughout history across the world. .
Pennsylvania German, c. 1820-1860, Butter Mold, wood, 2 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches, Museum Purchase, 19188.8.131.52. .
Japanese, 1868-1926, Food Carrier or Picnic Box, wood, nashiji lacquer, 12 x 12 1/2 x 6 1/8 inches, Museum Purchase, 1932.811.8. .
Inuit Peoples (Alaska), Ulu (Woman’s Kinfe), iron, wood, 4 1/2 x 5 1/8 x 7/8 inches, Museum Purchase, 1927.2348.1. .
English, Plate, ceramic, 8 3/4 inches, Gift, Rev. A.D. Pell Collection, 1926.279.1. .
Panamanian, Food Vessel, stone, 6 3/4 x 12 3/8 x 5 3/4 inches, Museum Purchase, 1927.2588.1. .
Chinese, 12th-10th century BC, Tripod Wine Vessel (Jue), bronze, wood, Museum Purchase, 1928.217.1. .
Aboriginal Peoples, Australia, Coolamon (Food Carrier), wood, 2 x 12 3/4 x 6 1/8 inches, Museum Purchase, 1932.162.1.
Hopi Peoples, 1870s, Decorated Food Bowl, earthenware with white and black slip, 5 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches, Gift, Smithsonian Institution, 1915.81.21. .
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