Chinese Stone Mortar
Essentially a utilitarian vessel, this mortar bears incised lines on the interior to facilitate the task of removing the outer husks from grains of rice. Yet it seems as if the Qing-dynasty artisan who carved the mortar from limestone became interested in the aesthetic potential of the lines, extending them to the exterior in a pleasing rhythmic pattern. Sculptural and textural, the mortar would look amazing planted with vines trailing down its rustic surface.
- Of the Period
- Place of Origin
- Date of Manufacture1850
- Materials and Techniques
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
- DimensionsH 16.5 in. x W 16.5 in. x D 16 in.H 41.91 cm x W 41.91 cm x D 40.64 cm
- Seller LocationChicago, IL
- Seller Reference NumberU027
- Reference NumberLU82008908113
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