Bronze bell shaped mortar, Europe, 1671-1730

Made:
1671-1730 in Europe

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Bronze bell-shaped mortar with sharply moulded rings on rim, lower body, and lower rim, 4 centaurs moulded on body, European, possibly 1671 to 1730

A mortar was used with a pestle to crush and grind ingredients to create drug preparations – often in the form of powders, ointments or solutions. This mortar is typical of the period as it is made from bell metal – a form of bronze – and its shape suggests it may well have been cast in a bell foundry. It is decorated with a moulding of four centaurs, mythical creatures with the legs of a horse and the body of a man. It is pictured here with a brass pestle (A659465).

Details

Category:
Pharmacy-ware
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A604834
Materials:
bronze (copper, tin alloy), complete and paper (fibre product)
type:
mortar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • grinder - tool
credit:
Christie's