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Bronze Mortar & Pestle - JB.1173
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 12 th Century AD to 13 th Century AD
Dimensions: 3.9" (9.9cm) high x 4.5" (11.4cm) wide
Collection: Islamic
Medium: Bronze
Condition: Extra Fine

Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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A Seljuk bronze Mortar and Pestle Persia, 11th/ 12th Century: the mortar of cylindrical form with flattened rim and flared foot, tapering body with applied bosses of ovoid form, the pestle of flaring elongated form with ribbed handle and bulbous finial. Bronze mortars were unknown to the cultures of the Mediterranean area and the Middle East in pre- Islamic times and were probably developed in Persia in the 10th century as copies of cruder stone prototypes. Mortars were used for pounding small amounts of food, such as spices or herbs in cookery, and were also an important item of alchemical and pharmaceutical equipment. JB.1173. Mortar and pestle, cast bronze with engraved decoration. The cylindrical body has a flat base and is decorated by series of almond- shaped elements in high relief, alternately turned up and down and at their peaks engraved trefoils are attached. A narrow band with geometric scroll runs around the base, while on top, below the rim in a narrow register a meandering leafy scroll runs around. A matching pestle is attached. Iran or Central Asia, 12th – 13th century. Prof. Geza Fehervari Prof. Geoffrey King - (JB.1173)


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