Cast bonze mortar with bell-shaped mouth and heavy semi-circular handles applied at the waist. There are six gothic-style vertical ribs and thin raised bands at the top and bottom of the body. Other decorative motifs include a band of vines and writing at the mouth and one raised and one carved alchemist symbol between ribs for powder.

Urdang attributes this mortar to Florence. The band at the mouth is marked "...NICOLA bARyenini 1477" perhaps the "owner or founder" suggest Urdang.

Date Made: 1477

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Italy: Tuscany, FlorenceUnspecified: Germany

Subject: Pharmacy


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Related Publication: Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

Credit Line: Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0664.0100Accession Number: 1991.0664Catalog Number: M-05653Collector/Donor Number: SAP 365

Object Name: mortarOther Terms: mortar; MANUFACTURING & DISPENSING EQUIP.

Physical Description: bronze (overall material)cast (overall production method/technique)gothic (overall style)Measurements: overall: 19.8 cm x 28 cm x 25.2 cm; 7 13/16 in x 11 in x 9 15/16 in


Record Id: nmah_994067

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