Mortar

Description
Cast bonze mortar with bell-shaped mouth and heavy semi-circular handles applied at the waist. There are six gothic-style vertical ribs and thin raised bands at the top and bottom of the body. Other decorative motifs include a band of vines and writing at the mouth and one raised and one carved alchemist symbol between ribs for powder.
Urdang attributes this mortar to Florence. The band at the mouth is marked "...NICOLA bARyenini 1477" perhaps the "owner or founder" suggest Urdang.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
mortar
date made
1477
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
cast (overall production method/technique)
gothic (overall style)
Measurements
overall: 19.8 cm x 28 cm x 25.2 cm; 7 13/16 in x 11 in x 9 15/16 in
unspecified
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0100
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05653
collector/donor number
SAP 365
subject
Art
Pharmacy
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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