Mortar and Pestle
Mortar and Pestle
- Beaker-shaped mortar with a flaring mouth has five buttress-like ribs alternating between oval medallions decorated with a woman's face. The exterior portion of the flared mouth has a band of stylized stars. The pestle has a T-shaped handle.
- Urdang catalogued this mortar as Italian. Yet in a hand written note found in the mortar Dr. Kisel suggests the mortar is Spanish. Wittop Koning also thought the mortar to be Spanish.
- Interestingly a partial round blue and white paper label glued to the interior of the mortar is marked (Printed and hand written) "VILLE DE.../M A. Ritten.../ notaire/ a Strasbourg/ I/I EXPOSITION DR DINANDE"
- The material that the mortar is made from has a silver-pewter cast typical. The pestle has golden tone and is probably not original to the mortar.
- Medieval Dinant (also spelled Dinand) and Bouvignes specialized in metalwork, producing finely cast and finished objects in a silvery brass alloy, called dinanderie Their metal ware was exported throughout Western Europe and England.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- mortar and pestle
- Physical Description
- bronze (overall material)
- overall: 10.9 cm x 12.2 cm; 4 5/16 in x 4 13/16 in
- overall, mortar: 4 3/8 in x 4 7/8 in; 11.1125 cm x 12.3825 cm
- overall, pestle: 1 in x 6 1/2 in; 2.54 cm x 16.51 cm
- ID Number
- accession number
- catalog number
- collector/donor number
- SAP 374
- Credit Line
- Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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