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Pestle: M.40 & A-1940

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Ivory, elaborately carved. 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.

Legal notes

Given by E. Saville Peck

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1940) by Peck, Ernest Saville


18th century
Circa 1700 CE - Circa 1800 CE

Components of the work

Mortar At Top Diameter 2 3/4 in
Mortar At Bottom Diameter 2 7/8 in
Mortar Height 5 1/4 in
Pestle Height 8.0 in

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Ivory elaborately carved

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.40 & A-1940
Primary reference Number: 31850
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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