Pharmacy Mortar and Pestle White with Gold Plate triming. Very Nice !!!!

White with Gold Plateing as can be seen with pictures. No chips or cracks Mortar is 7 inches high an dpestal is 8 inches high. Mortar is 14 inches in diameter around the largest section.. 5 1/2 inches across the top for width. Very Nice piece with Mortar and Pestle information and history from Wikipedia.

Mortar and pestle From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Mortar and Pestles
A simple kitchen mortar and pestle Other namesMortar Grinding machine Uses Grinding
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A mortar and pestle is a tool used to crush, grind, and mix solid substances ( trituration ). The pestle is a heavy bat-shaped object, the end of which is used for crushing and grinding. The mortar is a bowl, typically made of hard wood, ceramic or stone. The substance to be ground is placed in the mortar and ground, crushed or mixed with the pestle. Sometimes referred to as an "Apothecary Grinder" by individuals unfamiliar with its use, the proper historical name is "mortar and pestle".

Etymology A traditional mortar

The English word mortar derives from classical Latin mortarium , meaning, among several other usages, "receptacle for pounding" and "product of grinding or pounding". The classical Latin pistillum , meaning "pounder", led to English pestle . The Roman poet Juvenal applied both mortarium and pistillum to

Medical use Iconic apothecary mortar and pestle, displaying the ℞ symbol for medical prescriptions .

Mortars and pestles were traditionally used in pharmacies to crush various ingredients prior to preparing an extemporaneous prescription . The mortar and pestle, along with the Rod of Asclepius , the Green Cross, and others, is one of the most pervasive symbols of pharmacology, [3 ] along with the show globe . For pharmaceutical use, the mortar and the head of the pestle are usually made of porcelain , while the handle of the pestle is made of wood . This is known as a Wedgwood mortar and pestle and originated in 1779. Today the act of mixing ingredients or reducing the particle size is known as trituration . Mortars and pestles are also used as drug paraphernalia to grind up pills to speed up absorption when they are ingested , or in preparation for insufflation .

Food preparation Mortar used to pulverise plant material

Mortars are also used in cooking to prepare ingredients such as guacamole , gazpacho and pesto (which derives its name from the pestle pounding), as well as grinding spices into powder. The molcajete , a version used by pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican cultures including the Aztec and Maya , stretching back several thousand years, is made of basalt and is used widely in Mexican cooking. It likely evolved from the more primitive metate grinding slab. Other Native American tribes used mortars carved into the bedrock to grind acorns and other nuts. Many such depressions can be found in their former territories.

In Japan , very large mortars are used with wooden mallets to prepare mochi . A regular sized Japanese mortar and pestle are called a suribachi and surikogi , respectively. Granite mortars and pestles are used in Southeast Asia , as well as Pakistan and India . In India , it's used extensively to make spice mixtures for various delicacies as well as day to day dishes. With the advent of motorized grinders, use of the mortar and pestle has decreased. It is traditional in various Hindu ceremonies (such as weddings, and upanayanam ) to crush turmeric in these mortars. In Malay , it is known as lesung . Large stone mortars, with long (2–3 feet) wood pestles were used in West Asia to grind meat for a type of meatloaf , or kibbeh , as well as the hummus variety known as masabcha .

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