Nuristani Carved Wooden Mortar
Late 18th/early 19th century
12 1/8″ high x 8″ wide x 6 1/2″ deep
A mortar for pounding grain or spices, from the Afghan region of Nuristan, on the southern slopes of the Hindu Kush mountains. The bold vertical carving is interspersed with etched arrows and circles. Patinated with age and use.