teapot (food service); ilbarad; albarad; albirade

Enamel teapot and attached lid. The teapot is made of metal and covered with enamel which is red, white and yellow, although much of it has become discoloured. The lid has a small handle on the top and is attached to the teapot by a small metal tab.

Item number 48 on Jeremy Keenan's item list. Well-used enamel teapot called 'ilbarad' ('albarad' or 'albirade') in Tamahaq. Keenan acquired this object from 'Tamanrasset house'. Tea is offered when receiving visitors; it is drank after food and after work. As sugar is mixed into the tea (usually black tea) and sometimes also mint, the Tuareg often use two teapots to mix the tea and sugar, pouring it back and forth from one pot into the other. The tea is then served in small tea glasses. Three glasses of tea are usually drunk in succession - the first one strong, and as the tea becomes weaker and sweeter, the second one medium and the third sweet (see for example Loughran and Seligman, 2006, p 134f.).

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