Mortar and Pestle

This mortar has a straight body with a flared mouth and base. There is a raised horizontal band at the bottom of the waist which is marked "ALLEX ENNDORFFER GOS MCIH 1539 IAR". bottom of the waist. One detailed scaled fish handle at the waist. The pestle has rounded ends with three horizontal rings in its center.
Urdang give this mortar a German attribution. He goes on to say "the mortar was cast by Allex Enndorffer who was Imperial Master of Cannon under Maximilian and Charles V". Wittop Koning on the other hand believed this mortar to be from Innsbruck, Austria.
Testing with a X-Ray Fluorescence Spectometer reveals the metal content to have a hign zinc content of 14% and relatively low lead levels of 2%. All measurements are approximate.
Currently not on view
Object Name
mortar and pestle
date made
Physical Description
molded (overall production method/technique)
brass (overall material)
mortar: 15.2 cm x 5 cm; 6 in x 1 15/16 in
pestle: 25 cm x 5 cm; 9 13/16 in x 1 15/16 in
overall: 6 1/8 in x 5 7/8 in; 15.5575 cm x 14.9225 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 391
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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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