Although the earliest mortars and pestles were utilized for cooking during the Stone Age, in more recent centuries they were employed by pharmacists to grind herbs into powder for medicinal purposes. They were almost always constructed from a hardened substance, such as this 19th century French marble mortar. The deep black stone has an onyx-like appearance with areas of golden inclusions. Mortars are often used today as decorative bowls or accessories, making them popular additions for smaller areas, such as entry halls, kitchens, and bathrooms.
CONDITION: Good, strong antique condition with fleabites, light losses, and pitting. Minor rubs and buildup, both commensurate with age and use. Does not include a pestle.