Mortar

Description
Beaker-shaped mortar with flaring mouth. Six gothic-style vertical ribs extend from the neck to the base of the mortar. At the waist is a small rope-style handle with a rusty hammered ring looped through the handle. Urdang attributes this mortar to 16th century Spain.
Analysis of the metal July 15th, 2009 using a X-Ray Florescence Spectrometer indicates the forged ring attached to the handle is predominantly iron. However, the analysis of the mortar was inconclusive and could not definitively determine its composition.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
mortar
Measurements
overall: 11.3 cm x 12 cm; 4 7/16 in x 4 3/4 in
unspecified
Spain
ID Number
1991.0664.0103
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05656
collector/donor number
SAP 368
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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