1954.6.157

Container for milking goats made of a section of horn, a wooden stopper at the base, and a short wooden handle. [E.S-R 'DCF 2004-2006 What's Upstairs?' 9/12/2004]

Place details: ASIA. Tibet (China) / Western Tibet Spiti. Local Name: Roo-chong Materials: Wood Plant / Animal Horn / ?. Processes: Carved / Plugged / ?. Dimensions: Max L = 140 mm Field Collector: Unknown When Collected: By 1954 Other Owners: Harry Geoffrey Beasley, Cranmore Museum PRM Source: Irene Marguerite Beasley Acquired: Donated June 1954 Other Numbers: 273

KEYWORD: Vessel / Goat Accessory / Food Accessory / CLASS: Food and Drink / Vessel / Agriculture and Horticulture / Animal Gear / ?.

Research notes: This object was chosen to feature in a trail around the Pitt Rivers Museum in association with the Museum of English Rural Life on Farming The First 12,000 years (https://merl.reading.ac.uk/explore/online-exhibitions/farming12k/). It featured in a pamphlet with the caption "How many containers has your milk been in before it reaches you? This twentieth-century goat's milk container comes from Spiti in Western Tibet, where nomadic pastoralism - the movement of livestock across the landscape following fresh pasture - has been practiced for thousands of years and is still practiced today. With a capacity of less than 250 millilitres, this container also represents dairying on a much smaller scale then the industry of Europe and North America. There, many milking parlours for cattle are now routinely robotic and automated. PRM 1954.6.157" [FB 16/12/2020]