Mortar and Pestle

Mortar with applied molded insects, vase with flowers, a medallion and incised lines circling the body. The mortar has one dolphin handle applied at the waist. The insects include a grasshopper and a bee. Two lion heads and a larger oval medallion depicting Christ on the cross are flanked by two figures. The mortar has two bulbous ends.
Urdang goes into detail about this mortar which he attributes to 17th century Germany. In the Squibb ancient Pharmacy Catalogue he writes, "Mortars of this kind with bas-relief decoration of crucifixion group, small animals, bees, grasshoppers, etc., originated in the workshops of Hans Daurnhauser and of Caspar Dietrich at Ingolstaedt.
Currently not on view
Object Name
mortar and pestle
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
molded (overall production method/technique)
overall: 14.7 cm x 14.8 cm; 5 13/16 in x 5 13/16 in
overall, mortar: 6 in x 6 5/8 in x 6 in; 15.24 cm x 16.8275 cm x 15.24 cm
overall, pestle: 1 1/4 in x 7 1/4 in; 3.175 cm x 18.415 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 395
catalog number
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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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