MORTAR & PESTLE: STONE BOWL, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, NEAR SANTA BARBARA, 19. From the same very old Southern California collection where a previous artifact was listed, come this astonishing stone mortar and pestle. According to descendants, the artifacts were found south of the current Cliff Drive area near the mouth of the Arroyo Burros eastern, sandy bank in the 1890s.
The mortar is a fabulous example of stone carving, being a relatively compact artifact with a tapered bottom. Its size suggests a personal mortar, perhaps for grinding sacred herbs. The narrowing bottom was used for insertion into the ground at which point only the neck/bowl area of the mortar would be exposed.This allowed for intense crush/grind of various nuts, bones and plant matter. Rarely does one come across such delightful, personal mortars such as this with a somewhat known provenance. A beautiful, tear-drop shaped pestle was found in association with the listed mortar. Crafted from a dense, hard rock, this ancient artifact has seen much use--the bottom is pocked with multiple percussion dings/chips. The piece has a slight age-patina that gives it a rustic, wonderful look. The location of this mortar and pestle assemblage strongly hints at a Chumash origin. Deep in the neighboring hills/mountains are dozens of painted caves where Chumash shamans lay about attempting to discern the spirit world.
The item "MORTAR & PESTLE STONE BOWL, S. CALIFORNIA, NEAR SANTA BARBARA, 19th C. Find" is in sale since Thursday, March 31, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American".
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