This is a fine old
wooden thumba thermos from Tibet. Thumba is a drink made
from fermented barley and served warm. It really hits the spot
on cold Himalayan nights. If a person has the opportunity to
visit the Himalayas, one thing they will quickly notice is how
the thermos with hot beverages is never lacking, be it tea or as
with this item thumba, the thermal container is an indispensable
item. And its not just in homes, but also when out working
in the fields or pastures, or walking to pilgrimage sights or
just out on a picnic. The Himalayan matriarch always seems to
have a thermos at arms reach, and she is diligent in her
generosity, constantly topping off everyone's cup - making sure
no cup falls below half full.
Of course now days,
there are modern press pot thermoses, and fancy ones with the 8
auspicious symbols, and so on. But, carrying a thermos is by no
means a new phenomena. This item proves the point. The top has a
hole in it where a small pipe, something like a giant bamboo
straw was inserted.
This container is wooden with a lovely patina and has brass
hardware as decorative embellishment.
||Early 20th C.
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