Mortar - ROM2018_16145_37



Medium:Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 664-332 BC
Period: 26th-30th Dynasty, Late Period
15 × 17 × 9.2 cm
Object number: 909.80.102
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionMortars of this shape were made in Egypt from at least the 18th Dynasty until the Late Period. They were standard equipment in kitchens, used to grin up spices, nuts, and dried fruits, and they were probably also used to grind up minerals for cosmetics.  Unfortunately, this jar has no residue to suggest which use it was put to.  Such mortars have often been found in cemeteries, perhaps seen as essential equipment for the good life in the Next World.
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