Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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funduk (wooden mortar)
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • funduk (wooden mortar), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern or Northern Kordofan), Sudan
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 23 x 15 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 9 1/16 x 5 7/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3122

The roughly carved goblet shaped wooden mortar has a short stem that is supported by two columns, one on either side. The bowl of the mortar is cylindrical. The surface is undecorated, but mottled light natural to dark grey.

It was used for pounding food.