Marble mortar and pestle, Europe, 1501-1900

1501-1900 in Europe

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Maroon marble bowl-shaped mortar and tapering pestle, probably European, 1501-1900

Mortars and pestles were a key part of every pharmacist’s and apothecary’s equipment. Carved from two separate pieces of maroon coloured marble, this mortar and pestle have a high shine and look as though they have never been used. The pestle would have been used by hand to pound and grind up substances in the mortar for medical preparations. Today, mortars and pestles are more likely to be found in kitchens rather than pharmacies.

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pestle: 172 mm 32 mm, .26kg
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • grinder - tool
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • pounder

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