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A mortar is a bowl used to grind and pound food and ingredients for medical preparations. The bowl is very sturdy and has a spout to pour out the powdered contents. The inside of the terracotta bowl has a rough surface so it is easier to grind the contents. The bowl was made by a potter called Albini, who was based in Lyon, France. His name is embossed on the rim.

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Glossary: mortar

Cup-shaped vessel in which drugs or herbal mixtures are pounded with a pestle.