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opi, lapek and kantar (chicken snaring equipment)
  • Maranao peoples
  • opi, lapek and kantar (chicken snaring equipment), late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: Lanao del Sur, Philippines
  • bamboo, wood, pigment, string, plant fiber
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 16 x 22 x 35 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 6 1/4 x 8 5/8 x 13 3/4 in
  • Gift of Charles K. Warriner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3051.a-g

The bamboo container is for a live chicken (2007.3051.a). It has two wooden pegs joined with a string (2007.3051.b), a bamboo tube for carrying grain (2007.3051.c) and four wooden pegs for staking down the snare (2007.3051.d-g).

The container for a live chicken is a large diameter bamboo tube, irregularly colored green, with a net on the outside surface of about 1/3 of the circumference. The net is made with strips of bamboo wrapped around string, and affixed to wooden blocks on the bamboo tube. There are two sets of paired holes at the open end of the tube, one of which has a string tied through. The closed end of the tube has five holes in the middle.

There are two dark brown wooden sticks, roughly equal in length and diameter. Each has a small hole drilled through one end, and they are tied together, loosely, with a plant fiber cord.

The grain tube is a smaller diameter bamboo with a closed end. The interior is colored green.

The stakes are four long wooden pegs, pointed at one end with a slightly larger diameter top. They are all irregularly colored green.