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Sicilian carved ivory pestle and mortar

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An image of Sculpture/ Pestle and mortar. The mortar is decorated with bands of ornament: a) at the top: a plain rim; b) a band of stylised foliated scroll-work with three medallions, each containing a fabulous beast with a foliated tail: c) a band of key-hole ornament; d) a band of stylised foliated scroll-work with four medallions, each containing a rosette. Around the thick short stem the mortar has several mouldings, including another band of key-hole pattern.The pestle handle is decorated with a scale pattern with a band (at the top and bottom) of key-hole pattern. A bulbous knob terminates the handle, and is carved with a triangular pattern. Ivory elaborately carved, height, pestle, 8.0 in, height, mortar, 5 1/4 in, diameter, mortar at top, 2 3/4 in, diameter, mortar at bottom, 2 7/8 in. Circa 1700-1800. Production Place: Sicily.

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Sculpture/ Pestle and mortar. The mortar is decorated with bands of ornament: a) at the top: a plain rim; b) a band of stylised foliated scroll-work with three medallions, each containing a fabulous beast with a foliated tail: c) a band of key-hole ornament; d) a band of stylised foliated scroll-work with four medallions, each containing a rosette. Around the thick short stem the mortar has several mouldings, including another band of key-hole pattern.The pestle handle is decorated with a scale pattern with a band (at the top and bottom) of key-hole pattern. A bulbous knob terminates the handle, and is carved with a triangular pattern. Ivory elaborately carved, height, pestle, 8.0 in, height, mortar, 5 1/4 in, diameter, mortar at top, 2 3/4 in, diameter, mortar at bottom, 2 7/8 in. Circa 1700-1800. Production Place: Sicily.

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  • Accession Number: M.40 & A-1940
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/45.0
  • Focal length: 120
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Andrew Norman
  • Image height: 768 pixels
  • Image width: 1024 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 95.72kB
  • Exposure time: 1/60
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 45/1
  • Captured: 2013:01:29 16:43:09

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18th Century carved creature elaborate Fitz_AA Italian ivory key-hole keys medallions mortar mortar and pestle patterned pestle pestle and mortar scales sculpture Sicilian

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