Cypriot small stone pestle: Late Bronze Age (1650-1050 BC)

small stone pestle

Small stone pestle (Chlorite or possibly Steatite) for grinding spices, medicines or cosmetics in a mortar, such as the previous item.  The mass of tiny scratch marks along its length suggest it was also used in other ways as a smoother, or grinder, but not as a whetstone since the stone isn't hard enough. 

Size: 6.4 x 3.6

(Ex. collection: Mrs Rosemary Tetlow, Shipton Bellinger, Hampshire, UK; acquired between 1962-1969; thence by descent.)

(Aquired Helios Gallery)