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Mortar
Place of Origin: Northeastern Iran
Date: approx. 1200-1300
Historical Period: Ilkhanid period (1256-1353)
Materials: Cast brass or bronze
Dimensions: H. 4 1/2 in x W. 6 1/2 in, H. 11.4 cm x W. 16.5 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: West Asian Art
Collection: Metal Arts
Object Number: B60B934
On Display: No

Description

Label: This mortar of cast brass or bronze was designed for grinding spices or medicines. Its sides are decorated with engraved patterns and raised "lotus-bud" or "teardrop" shaped studs. The rim of the vessel has a pattern of intertwined scrolls, and the top panel has rectangular bands with inscriptions in the kufic style of Arabic calligraphy; the inscriptions have not yet been translated. The lugs on either side of the vessel are shaped like the head of an animal—perhaps a bull—and hold rings for lifting the heavy mortar.

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Exhibition History: Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)
Label: This mortar of cast brass or bronze was designed for grinding spices or medicines. Its sides are decorated with engraved patterns and raised "lotus-bud" or "teardrop" shaped studs. The rim of the vessel has a pattern of intertwined scrolls, and the top panel has rectangular bands with inscriptions in the kufic style of Arabic calligraphy; the inscriptions have not yet been translated. The lugs on either side of the vessel are shaped like the head of an animal—perhaps a bull—and hold rings for lifting the heavy mortar.
Exhibition History: Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)