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Mortar. Spain, 18th century.

Auction Lot 35247017
Mortar. Spain, XVIII century.
Preserves mace.
Presents marks of use and wear.
Measurements: 7,5 x 11,5 x 11,5 cm. (mortar); 21,5 cm. length (mace).

Estimated Value : 70 - 100 €

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Mortar. Spain, XVIII century.
Preserves mace.
Presents marks of use and wear.
Measurements: 7,5 x 11,5 x 11,5 cm (mortar); 21,5 cm. length (mallet).
Mortar made of bronze, dated to the late-baroque period, with its mace. The typology with protruding moldings, called "ribbed", was common at the time. In ancient recipe books there are many recipes based on the use of the mortar, a tool that is hardly used nowadays, although it was so varied in its use in the past that every kitchen had a great variety of them, from the biggest ones to grind meats and vegetables to the smaller ones to grind spices. Already in antiquity there were large mortars, made of bronze to grind and mix marble or lime, which were used to make construction binders or plasters, such as stucco. The Roman poet Juvenal mentioned it in articles for the preparation of drugs, reflecting the early use of this instrument in apothecaries. The antiquity of mortars is also well documented in some works of ancient literature, such as the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus, dating from 1550 B.C., which is considered one of the oldest documents on medicine in ancient Egypt. It is also mentioned in the Old Testament.


It shows signs of wear and tear.
This lot can be seen at the Setdart Barcelona Gallery located at C/Aragón, 346.


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