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.