SCOTTISH MORTAR or VESSEL
Hand carved 1600-1700s
L 31.5cm (12.5") W 21cm (8.25") H 11.5cm (4.5")
Hand carved from a dense, close grained, sandy-pink Scottish stone in rare lozenge form, with four shallow-raised handles. A smooth exterior, polished by handling over the centuries contrasts with the pocked interior basin. Originally a mortar or vessel, this wonderfully solid, tactile piece suggests a variety of uses indoors : culinary, decorative - or both. Scotland 1600-1700s.
Stock No. 1811