Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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funduk (wooden mortar)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • funduk (wooden mortar), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: near Kadugli??, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 20 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 7 7/8 x 4 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3123
Description

The goblet shaped wooden mortar is stained dark red. There is a round base and short stem with a freely moving ring around the stem. The bowl of the mortar has a raised ridge at the bottom, then flares. There is a small constriction, then it flares and constricts again, and finally there is a ridge at the top, all within the same vertical profile.

It was used for pounding coffee and spices. This would have been made on a type of lathe that is operated similarly to a bow-drill.