Mortar

Description
Short, squat-shaped, brass mortar with wide mouth. Four baluster columns alternate between four stylized flowers. The band of writing just below the mouth is mostly illegible, except for the Roman numeral "MDCCXXXIII." Urdang believed this mortar to be from Spain.
Testing with a X-Ray floesence spectrometer indicates the chemical composition of this mortar is about 81% copper, 14% Zinc, 3% tin, 2 % lead and trace metals.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
mortar
date made
1773
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
cast (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 9.6 cm x 14.7 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 13/16 in
unspecified
Spain
ID Number
1991.0664.0106
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05659
collector/donor number
SAP 371
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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