Object Name: Tupil

L. 14.5 cm, W. 10 cm

The tupil is a basket made out of bamboo, mainly used to carry cooked food to the field but also used to bring food to be shared with those who could not be present at a ritual occasion. (Bacdayan, 1998, p. ) It is closely woven and reinforced with split rattan braid on the edges. It is usually secured by a small string tied on two sides. (Lane, 1998, p. 81) Furthermore, the tupil is also used as a ritual basket along with lebkan (rectangular rice mortar) used in Bontoc, Mountain Province.


Bacdayan, A. S. (1998). Baskets among the Tanulong and Fidelisan Peoples of Northern Sagada. In L. Kostman & M. Ghaffari (Eds.). Basketry of the Luzon Cordillera, Philippines. Los Angeles, California: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History.

Lane, R. (1986). Philippine Basketry: an appreciation. Bookmark, Inc.

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