Bronze mortar, England, 1766–1788

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Bronze mortar, England, 1766–1788. A mortar was used with a pestle to crush and grind ingredients to create drug preparations – often in the form of powders, ointments or solutions. This mortar is typical of the period as it is made from bell metal – a form of bronze – and its shape suggests it may well have been cast in a bell foundry. It is pictured here with a brass pestle (A655697). Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: qk6x6wp7.

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