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Tea-Making Churn

1960-1980 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This tea-mixing churn, called a ‘cha dong’, is made of wood with brazen bands and has an inner plunger. In Ladakh and Tibet, tea is made by boiling Chinese brick tea in a cooking pot with soda. After a few minutes this is poured into a mixing churn such as this one, butter and salt are added and the whole mixture vigorously churned with the long plunger until the contents are emulsified. Only then is the tea poured into a teapot for serving.


object details
Category
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Tea-Making Churn
  • Lid
  • Plunger
Materials and Techniques
Wood and brass
Brief Description
Tea-making churn of wood and brass with separable lid and inner plunger, made in Ladakh, 1960-1980.
Physical Description
Tall, narrow tea-making churn of wood with brazen bands, with separable wooden lid and inner plunger.
Dimensions
  • Height: 82cm
  • Diameter: 13cm
Summary
This tea-mixing churn, called a ‘cha dong’, is made of wood with brazen bands and has an inner plunger. In Ladakh and Tibet, tea is made by boiling Chinese brick tea in a cooking pot with soda. After a few minutes this is poured into a mixing churn such as this one, butter and salt are added and the whole mixture vigorously churned with the long plunger until the contents are emulsified. Only then is the tea poured into a teapot for serving.
Collection
Accession Number
IS.4:1 to 3-2000

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record createdMarch 7, 2001
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