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Pestle and mortar, Egypt, 1650-1575BCE

A pestle pounds and grinds hard substances, spices and plants in the mortar for drug preparations. The Egyptians used pestles and mortars to mix ingredients for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. The small size of this example suggests it prepared small amounts of cosmetics or expensive luxury goods.

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Glossary: pharmacy

The preparation and medicinal dispensing of drugs.

Glossary: mortar

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

Glossary: pestle

An elongated piece of hard material usually made of stone. A pestle is used for grinding pigments, herbs, spices or other materials in a mortar.

Glossary: classical and medieval medicine

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