A selection of early European pestle and mortars, 1300-1500.
3 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

A selection of early European pestle and mortars, 1300-1500.

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From left to right: Dutch mortar, 1592, ivory European pestle and mortar, 1500-1700, and English mortar, 1300-1500. These implements were used to grind ingredients into a fine powder suitable for consuming as a medicine. The pestle and mortar is frequently used as a symbol to denote a pharmacy or pharmacist.
 

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