Small mill consisting of pestle with cutting edge and mortar, possibly Syrian, 1601-1700

Made:
1601-1700 in Syria

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Small mill consisting of pestle with cutting edge and mortar, decorated with pewter(?) bands, Syrian(?), 1601-1700

Mortars (bowls) and pestles (grinding tools) are used in every medical tradition to prepare and grind herbs and plants for treatments. The pestle and mortar have now largely been replaced by modern machinery. This example would have ground tiny quantities of ingredients. The pestle is ridged for more effective grinding.

Details

Category:
Pharmacy-ware
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A112012
Materials:
pewter, material and wood
Measurements:
pestle: 95 mm
type:
pestle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • grinder - tool
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • pounder
credit:
Choiselant