Bronze pestle and mortar, European, 18th century.
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Bronze pestle and mortar, European, 18th century.

Fernandes, Iris

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

Large, light coloured bronze pestle and mortar. The mortar is decorated and has a wide flared rim, straight sides and two rounded handles. The pestle has a decorated shaft. These common devices were used to crush lumpy or crystalline substances, or to bruise roots and rhizomes.
 

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