porridge stirrer

Wooden porridge stirrer/ladle.

Item number 39 on Jeremy Keenan's item list. Ladle of the 'aserwi' type used for stirring millet porridge. Keenan acquired this object from the Kel Hirafok people. Price paid: 10 dinar. Keenan refers to fig 188 in Johannes Nicolaisen's 'Ecology and culture of the pastoral Tuareg: with particular reference to the Tuareg of Ahaggar and Ayr' (Nicolaisen, 1963, p 248, fig 188). For a description of the preparation of millet porridge ('esink') and other types of porridge, see Nicolaisen (1963, pp 242-248).

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