MORTAR & PESTLE: LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA, 19. A well carved, oval-shaped mortar uncovered on private land just north of La Jolla, California in the 1880s. One of several found in the 19.This site has acquired a significant number of these RARE stone mortars. The mortar shows great skill in carving and it maintains the integrity of a personal, though a tad heavy, grinding bowl. An excellent bowl depression, indicative of years of pulverizing/grinding. The associated pestle is a hard stone with clear evidence of surface grinding along one end. Grooves, dings and ancient dings/nicks along rim; abrasion-scrape marks along bottom.
The location of the find is extremely interesting. About a mile off the La Jolla Beach Club property, at the bottom of the sandy bottom are dozens of stone bowls/mortars.
While protected by California archeological laws, one can hover above while diving to see these impressive bowls. All indication is that they were carved on Catalina Islandsome 20 miles westand were in the process of being transported to land.Something happened and the load apparently dumped into the sea. Catalina was a hotbed of stone bowl carving. Along the southern shore are ancient quarries with just the right type of stone to carve. These artifacts have been found up/down the western California shore and several miles inland. This mortar has the very stone composition found on Catalina and was probably and early transport to some coastal community. This is a fine, definitely utilized mortar & pestle from Californias prehistory.
(This artifact will be double boxed to insure safe transport). The item "MORTAR & PESTLE LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA, 19TH CENTURY FIND" 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.
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