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    Posted 9 months ago

    ho2cultcha
    (4005 items)

    it stands a little less than 3 inches high and says 'India' with some numbers on the bottom. i've seen them but don't know how they were used or what for.

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    1. Alan2310 Alan2310, 9 months ago
      Mortar and pestle are implements used since ancient times to prepare ingredients or substances by crushing and grinding them into a fine paste or powder in the kitchen, laboratory, and pharmacy. The mortar (/?m??rt?r/) is a bowl, typically made of hard wood, metal, ceramic, or hard stone, such as granite. The pestle (/?p?s?l/, also US: /?p?st?l/) is a heavy and blunt club-shaped object. The substance to be ground, which may be wet or dry, is placed in the mortar, where the pestle is pressed and rotated onto it until the desired texture is achieved.

      Alan

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortar_and_pestle
    2. Alan2310 Alan2310, 9 months ago
      Here is one in my collection, you’re missing the pestle
      Alan

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/149086-old-mortar-and-pestleearly-xix-century
    3. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 9 months ago
      Thanks Alan2310. i actually collect mortars and pestles and have dozens and dozens of them. what are the weird handles for? it seems like it would balance on something very well.
    4. artfoot artfoot, 9 months ago
      Maybe it's a drool cup and the handles are for a strap to hang it around ones neck. :+)
    5. Alan2310 Alan2310, 9 months ago
      Artfoot, good thought, never think about that, has mine as the same handle.
      I guess it’s for carrying around.
      Alan
    6. Katsuripottery, 8 months ago
      Looking at these from a technical point of view, they to me are used for separating/concentrating substances by centrifugal force. The "Funny shaped handles" are actually the pivots and are placed above centre so that when they start to revolve the base swings out thus keeping the liquid substance inside the bucket.
      Depending on the substance and speed used they maybe were used by hand driven speed by turning a handle to make butter and cheese from milk or some thing similar.
      I hope this helped
      regards from
      Katsuripottery

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