Late 18th Century Hand-carved Mortar and Pestle with Decorations
A gorgeous 18th century possible Native American mortar and pestle with the mortar hand-carved from one piece of wood. It was not turned on a lath and has interesting symbols and carvings around the mortar and on the pestle. The large hole in the handle of the pestle allows for a good grip on it when in use. The mortar also has a long handle that was carved out of the wood chunk used for the bowl of the mortar and there is at least one carved heart on the mortar. It looks like part of the heart has worn off from age but you can see the deep carving of the right side. There is also what looks like a fish hook on the bowl of the mortar that can be seen in one of the pictures. An amazing early piece that was found at an estate sale on Mountain Road in Epsom, NH.
The mortar is 6.5 tall and has a 4.33" x 4" top diameter. The pestle is 8.25" long.
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