African Pestle And Mortar 637mm showing the toils of wear of this typical domestic object. Carried throughout its life as the hollowed out cavity at the base testifies. Supplied with the pestle for pounding the corn and other organics to produce the daily stuff of life in the harsh environment of North and greater Africa. Carved from a single piece of wood, presumably a whole tree trunk, this mirrored in the wood grain which seems to twirl around and up throughout the mortar.
African pestle and mortar. Iconic African implement the form known throughout the world. Used for centuries throughout the vast continent. These fine examples of hard, soft and palm wood pestles and mortars have been used for milling corn and many other organic commodities in the production of daily food for family groups. In north Africa these artefacts are found with great age, some show signs of hundreds of years of daily ware and tear. the objects are a valuable commodity in a land predominantly of vast treeless savannah and deserts.