Mortar - Apothecary

Production date
Pre 1790
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Marble mortar, with a narrow base tapering out towards the rim. Four protruding nodules equidistant around the rim. One nodule has a carved groove for pouring. Scratched inner surface of the bowl suggests action by a pestle. No matching pestle found to date. .
Classification
CH classification MEDICINE Pharmacy mortar & pestle
Production place
Measurements
Ht 75, I/Dia rim 110, Base dia 75, O/dia rim 156
Media/Materials description
Marble carved from single piece of stone
History and use
In 1790 HMS Pandora sailed from England in pursuit of the HMS Bounty and its mutineers. The Pandora was wrecked in 1791 on its return voyage while attempting to negotiate the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Queensland Museum archaeological expeditions between 1983 and 1999 recovered many artefacts.
Marble mortar, with a narrow base tapering out towards the rim. Four protruding nodules equidistant around the rim; one nodule has a carved groove for pouring. Scratched inner surface of the bowl suggests action by a pestle. No matching pestle. Found with medical items and believed to be used for apothecary.

HMS Pandora
Registration number
MA93

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