African Pestle And Mortar 702mm of stout proportions, displaying the rigours of much use. The repairs of tin, which are of recent origin enhance the character of a wooden item of considerable value to the previous owners. Hewn from a single tree or limb, the adze cuts can clearly be made out inside the mortar. The applied tin repairs are curios and decorative, scarce commodities have been used to extend the life of the mortar. This is seemingly an object which has travelled far, the hollowed out handle at the base is evidence of the nomadic life, a fastening to enable the treasured pestle and mortar be secured to some caravan dromedary.
These Iconic domestic artefacts have been used for centuries throughout the African continent. Each pestle and mortar has its own character created by continual pounding providing the owners with the agricultural products necessary for daily existence, some are extremely old, having passed through generations, some travelling thousands of kilometres across the Saharan regions of Africa from one encampment to the another. These traverses give the objects carried a patina of colours that is unique to the greater desert area of north Africa. The mortars are a domestic item with a successful lineage so much so it is still used in parts of Africa for pounding out the daily bread of life in many villages. The examples we offer here are traded through Berbers of north Africa, have been passed through families to our modern times, some extremely old and some decades old.
An excellent interior design feature.