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Mortar

Mortar

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1734 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast iron

  • Museum number:

    M.144-1978

  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114a, case 1, shelf 1

Physical description

Mortar of cast iron that is etched with personifications of gold, silver, iron and brass. These include a figure with a flaming face, torch and key (representing gold), a female figure with a starred shawl and torch (silver), Mars with the male symbol (iron), and a naked woman and child with an orb and a female symbol (brass).

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1734 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cast iron

Descriptive line

Mortar, cast iron, Germany, 1734

Labels and date

MORTAR, cast iron, Germany; dated 1734

The figures in the cartouches on the side represent the principal metals: a figure with a flaming face, torch and key - gold; a female figure with a starred shawl and torch - silver; Mars with the male symbol - iron; and a naked woman and child with an orb and a female symbol - brass. It has been suggested that this belonged to an alchemist (who tried to discover how to turn base metals into gold).

Museum No. M.144-1978 [07/1994]

Materials

Cast iron

Techniques

Casting; Etching; Technique

Categories

Metalwork; Ironwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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