Carved stone mortar in two parts. The bottom portion of the mortar has two projecting handles and a carved circular bowl for the product. The bottom of the bowl has a triangular patter sectioned into quarters and an open shaft or spout where the finished product can flow out. The second piece is a round carved donut-shaped stone which fits into the bowl. It has the same carved geometric pattern on the bottom. Turning the top stone causes the abrasion from the carved triangular pattern to pulverize the material and subsequently pour out of the spout. Urdang states this mortar was found in France and dates from the 8th century.
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Object Name
Physical Description
stone (overall material)
carved (overall production method/technique)
overall: 12 cm x 32 cm x 25.5 cm; 4 3/4 in x 12 5/8 in x 10 1/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 407
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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