Terracotta mortar, Lyons, France, 50-300 CE

Made:
50-300 CE in Lyons
maker:
Albini

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Mortarium, terracotta, Roman, by Albini of Lyons, found in Southwark, 50AD-300AD

A mortar is a bowl used to grind and pound food and ingredients for medical preparations. The bowl is very sturdy and has a spout to pour out the powdered contents. The inside of the terracotta bowl has a rough surface so it is easier to grind the contents. The bowl was made by a potter called Albini, who was based in Lyon, France. His name is embossed on the rim.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A634941
Materials:
incomplete and terracotta
type:
mortar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • grinder - tool
credit:
Sotheby's