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pugutat and pa(r)ange (mortar and pestle)
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • pugutat and pa(r)ange (mortar and pestle), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • palo santo wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: a 12 x 12 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: a 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 4 5/16 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b 51.5 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b 20 1/4 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6153.a,b

This is a wooden mortar (2007.6153.a) and wooden pestle (2007.6153.b).

It is a short wooden cylinder and has a thick bottom leaving about half of the cylinder hollowed. The interior bottom is rounded. The exterior bottom is angled. It is dark brown.

The club-like pestle is nearly cylindrical, but slightly larger at the grinding end. It has raised rim at the handle end. It is brown.

It was used to grind whole dried hot peppers into a powder for seasoning.