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.

Date Made: 1773

Location: Currently not on view

Unspecified: Spain

Subject: Pharmacy

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Medicine, European Apothecary, Art


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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: 1991.0664.0106Accession Number: 1991.0664Catalog Number: M-05659Collector/Donor Number: SAP 371

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

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


Record Id: nmah_994072

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