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mortar
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • mortar, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • palo santo wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 9 x 21.5 x 23 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 9 x 21.5 x 23 cm
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5395
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The square bowl has a rounded bottom and is carved from a single piece of wood. It is dark brown with visible grain. The green on the bottom may or may not be intentional.

It may be used as a mortar for grinding dried peppers, but it is also used as a bowl for eating.