Some people collect paintings.

Some people collect objects.

Here is a collection of objects from around the world that are used for rice.

Copyright Smithsonian Museum of African Art Gift of Brian and Diane Leyden

Côte D’Ivoire

The Dan people of Côte d’Ivoire carve rice bowls from wood. These bowls were used at special occasions.

Copyright Smithsonian Museum of African Art: Acquisition grant James Smithson Society


This double bowl has a place for rice and a place for the soup. When it is not in use it is hung up as a decoration.

Copyright CR Smithsonian Museum of African Art gift of Ellen Patterson Brown.


This calabash is over 100 years old. Do you use calabashes as bowls? They can be used for many things not just rice. 

Copyright Source Unknown


Wooden rice buckets like this have been used in China for thousands of years. They are still used today. What do you keep your rice in?

Copyright Polly Alakija


Everywhere around the world, where ever rice is grown, people sieve the seeds using willowing baskets.

Copyright Paul Cezanne

Sometimes artists like to make drawings or paintings of objects in their homes. 

Can you make an arrangement of your favourite bowls and draw them?