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pugutat and pa(r)angé (mortar and pestle)
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • pugutat and pa(r)angé (mortar and pestle), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • palo santo wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: a 23 x 14 x 15.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: a 9 1/16 x 5 1/2 x 6 1/8 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b 67.5 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b 26 9/16 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • On view: Gallery 318
  • 2007.5387.a,b
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This is a wooden mortar (2007.5387.a) and pestle (2007.5387.b). The mortar is a cylindrical wooden vessel carved from a hollowed log. The pestle is a length of wood, slightly larger at one end.

Both pieces are brown.

It was used to grind hot peppers into a powder which is then used as a seasoning.