1 of 5 images

Chinese Provincial Rice Flour Mortar


Used to grind the outer husks off rice grains, this humble 19th century mortar hales from northern China, where it had been a kitchen staple in a Provincial home. Carved from elmwood, the mortar’s simple, gourd-like shape transcends pure function to showcase the wood’s beautiful grain patterns. Cracked and weathered, its earnest appeal has only increased over the years.


  • Of the Period
  • Place of origin
  • Date of manufacture
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 8.5 in. x Dm 17.25 in.

    H 21.59 cm x Dm 43.82 cm

  • Diameter
    17.25 in. (43.82 cm)
  • Seller location
    Chicago, IL
  • Seller reference number
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2006
Typical response time: 2 hrs
Located in Chicago, IL
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Chinese Well Bucket
Chinese Antiquities
Iron, Cypress
This vintage water bucket conjures up images of water-bearing figures illustrated in painted scrolls. Beautifully aged with a warm patina, this Qing-dynasty bucket draws attention to...
Chinese Wooden Red Lacquer Water Vessel
Chinese Antiquities
Layers and layers of glossy red lacquer render this water pail made of pine slats nearly seamless, giving it a sleek, burnished appearance. Once used to tote water, we find its timel...
Chinese Provincial Headrest
Chinese Antiquities
So as not to muss her intricate hairstyle, an upper-class woman once laid her head on this walnut headrest. Deviating from more finished varieties, this 19th century headrest has a s...
Chinese Granite Mortar
Chinese Antiquities
This organically shaped 19th century vessel was carved by hand from a single block of granite. It was originally used in Northern China as a grain mortar. The recess is relatively sh...
You May Also Like
Antique Bata Rice Container from Sumatra
Indonesian Decorative Bowls
This rice container originates from the Bata people in Sumatra, it's carved in one big block of wood with a separate cover, the patina is original. However i dated it to be 19th cent...
Turn of the Century Chinese Woven Rattan and Ba...
Chinese Decorative Baskets
Bamboo, Brass, Rattan
A circa 1900 Shanghai pillow basket made with woven rattan and bamboo. This basket adopts a pillow shape due to its two rounded sides. The painted black and red woven rattan also imi...
19th Chinese Black - Red Fishes Cloisonné Bowl
Chinese Decorative Bowls
Precious 19th Century bronze cloisonné bowl Refined Beautiful decor and colors Great blue inside Red and black fishes decor inside Provenance: Arts d'Autrefois Porcelaine de la Chin...
Antique Japanese Hokai Lacquer Shell Box with B...
Japanese Decorative Baskets
Brass, Wood
A Japanese Hokai lidded shell box with black lacquer wood and brass accents from the late Edo to the early Meiji period. This late 19th century Hokai shell box was made in Japan with...
Chinese 19th Century Rice Basket
Chinese Antiquities
Chinese 19th century rice basket or carrier. Wood construction with metal fasteners creating a wonderful patina. It would make a great magazine holder or to help organize anything at...
Chinese Rice Container
Chinese Decorative Baskets
Softwood, Lacquer
This Chinese rice container is from Jiangsu, China and made from softwood. It was used to store rice and has a lid.
1880s Antique Burmese Silver Thabeik Bowl
Burmese Antiquities
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Burmese silver thabeik bowl; an addition to our ornamental silverware collection. This exceptional antique Burmese thabeik* silver bowl...
Early 19th Century Wooden Bowl with Engraving f...
Indian Decorative Bowls
Early 19th century Naga bowl. These beautiful primitive bowls were used in kitchens for various food oriented activities including storing and cooking. This example shows typical s...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries