African wood pestle and mortar 765mm, the large sized and very dense wood pestle carved from a single tree trunk, of solid proportions, this mortar is manufactured from a very heavy type of wood. The base with a dug out cavity for attachment of a fixing twine when being transported, the pestle stout carved from the solid also with a heavy bulbous knop to the head. Both in very good condition.
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.