MORTAR & PESTLE: TAPERED STONE BOWL, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, NEAR SANTA BARBARA, 19. 3 lbs 13.4 oz. This astonishing, bottom-tapered stone mortar and pestle came from a large Malibu collection. According to descendants, the artifacts were found south of the current Cliff Drive area of Santa Barbara, near the mouth of the Arroyo Burros eastern, sandy bank in the 1890s. The mortar is a fabulous example of stone carving, with a cone-bottom.Its size suggests a personal mortar, perhaps for grinding sacred herbs. The depth of the inner bowl depression indicates its extensive and long use for quantity batches of these herbs.
Rarely does one come across such delightful, personal mortars such as this with a somewhat known provenance. A beautiful, relatively heavy tear-drop shaped pestle originally was found in association with this mortar. The mortar has several grooves carved into its side, one looking like an X. It is unlikely these are random plow marks.
Mortars of this tapered shape were crafted to be inserted in ground soil. The cone-bottom easily slipped into the ground, exposing only a small section of the neck. This allowed for maximum crush/grind of a substance with the surrounding soil absorbing the pestle vibration.
This ancient artifact has seen much use: abrasion scratches, dings and notches along the rim. 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 TAPERED BOWL, Southern CALIFORNIA, NEAR SANTA BARBARA" is in sale since Friday, December 09, 2016.This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Erie, 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, CL, CO, CR, DO, PA, TT, GT, SV, HN, JM.