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Clarifying ghee

Clarifying ghee

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 15/10(16)

Item number: 16

Length: 13.9

Width: 14.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of workers clarifying ghee over open air fires in the modern-day sate of Jammu and Kashmir in India, taken by unknown photographer in the 1890s. Ghee, clarified butter, is used extensively throughout India as the main oil for cooking. The oil is prepared by heating butter made from cows milk and skimming off any milk solids. It is very pure, can be heated repeatedly to very high temperatures and for this reason doesn't go rancid very easily. Ghee is also used as a fuel for lamps in domestic shrines, for cooking food offered to the gods and for anointing sculptures during rituals in temples.

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