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Title: Pestle
Identifier: K.41.67
Donor: Purchased
Item Date: 1900-1950
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Turned hard wood pestle or masher. The base is wider in width and flat at the bottom and the wood is slightly lighter in colour, likely from use.

A pestle is commonly used with a mortar to crush, grind and mix substances in food preparation or for medicinal or scientific use. The pestle is a rather heavy stick used to crush the substances in the mortar or bowl. The historical use of this instrument is recorded in Egyptian medical literature called "Papyrus Ebers" from circa 1550 BCE, as well as in the Old Testament. REF:
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