Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Plains peoples
  • mortar, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • wood, metal, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 48.5 x 25.5 x 20 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 19 1/8 x 10 1/16 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6223

The mortar is made from a section of a log. One portion of the circumference was cut off and a rectangular hollow was cut into the log. A silver colored metal piece lines the bottom of the hollow. There is a cylindrical handle on one end. It is brown.

It was used to pound and grind meat for pemmican.