MORTAR, ANCIENT; OFF CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA. This stone mortar was dredged up in the 1890s by a fishing boat cruising between Catalina and the southern coast of California, near La Jolla. This is an exquisitely made bowl.The mortar was carefully carved with an extended protrusion, or neck along the top bowl area. This curious part actually has a function. It allows for easy tip-over of the mortars pulverized material inside the grind-bowl. Nicely carved sides, well-defined grind-bowl along with the smallish size of this mortar indicates it was a personal-use item, easily transported with a family.
Minor abrasion scratches, dings, and extraction notches. Catalina Island was the home of a major bowl-making operation.
Several quarry sites can still be seen on the island where bowls are partially carved into the rock matrix, waiting for extraction. (Vintage 1960s photo included here shows dozens of bowls recovered by divers in the channel between Catalina Island and Southern California). This is a fabulous and RARE example of Catalina stonework at its finest! The item "MORTAR, ANCIENT OFF CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA" is in sale since Wednesday, February 10, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American".The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Lafayette, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States, to Canada, to United Kingdom, DK, RO, SK, BG, CZ, FI, HU, LV, LT, MT, EE, to Australia, GR, PT, CY, SI, to Japan, SE, KR, ID, to Taiwan, ZA, to Belgium, to France, to Hong Kong, to Ireland, to Netherlands, PL, to Spain, to Italy, to Germany, to Austria, IL, to Mexico, to New Zealand, SG, NO, SA, UA, AE, QA, KW, BH, HR, MY, TR, CL, CO, CR, DO, PA, TT, GT, SV, HN, JM.