Objet phare des musées de Grasse
International Perfume Museum
Fifteenth century. (end)
Sixteenth century (beginning), France
Inv. 01 97
Almost universal symbols for pharmacists worldwide, the pestle and mortar were used to grind various pharmacopoeia products to integrate them into therapeutic preparations. Their shape has not changed since ancient times. Only the materials have evolved: wood, stone, porcelain, metal and glass. They were also used in traditional societies to grind grain or for more delicate cooking preparations.