10 in HIGH x 9.5 in WIDE x 7 in DEEP
(25.40 cm HIGH x 24.13 cm WIDE x 17.78 cm DEEP)
San Luis Obispo Co.
Gift of Mr. J. H. Wiegand

2Mortar, bowl shaped "Salinan."(warehouse card) From the History Information Station "Object: Mortar (and pestle, 16.3106) collected in San Luis Obispo County, the traditional home of the Esalen and Salinan peoples. ` History: Mortars and pestles were California's first food processors. They were used for grinding seeds and nuts into flour and for pulverizing dried meats. Making a well-shaped and usable mortar and pestle was hard work. Both utensils had to be carved out of a piece of solid rock by pecking and grinding with harder stones."

Used: food processing

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