Glass pestle and mortar, Europe, 1601-1700

Made:
1601-1700 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Glass mortar and pestle, possibly 17th century. Front view. Landscape format. Graduated grey background.
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Glass mortar and pestle, possibly 17th century. Front view. Portrait format. Graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Glass mortar and pestle, possibly 17th century

Made from Venetian style glass, this pestle and mortar looks like it has never been used. The pestle is used to pound and grind hard substances, spices and plants in the mortar for drug preparations. The set may have been owned by a pharmacist or apothecary or could have been made for decorative purposes. Pestles and mortars are usually made from materials such as marble or bronze.

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Details

Category:
Pharmacy-ware
Object Number:
A127684
type:
pestle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • grinder - tool
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • pounder
credit:
Chaura, K.

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