This tiny stone mortar and pestle, hand carved from volcanic lava stone by master artisans in Mexico using age-old techniques, is perfect for pounding chilis and spices or making pastes like mole or pesto. And it looks awfully cute whilst doing it!
- 2.5" tall x 2.5" diameter
- Natural volcanic stone
- Suitable for stove, oven and direct flame
- Not microwave or dishwasher safe
- CARE: Wash using only hot water and a brush. Avoid using soap and detergents. Dry with a paper towel before storage.
- Handmade in Mexico
This is special because...
Carving volcanic rock in to objects decorative, ritualistic and practical is the culmination of a long Mesoamerican tradition. Originating with the Olmec civilization of the Gulf Coast in the second millennium B.C., if not earlier. Upon marriage, the women in various Mesoamerican cultures received a molcajete (mortar and pestle) and a metate (another grinding tool, for dry goods like corn and grains)- carved from volcanic stone as part of their dowry, both handcrafted and ornamented with religious symbols and glyphs.
Today in Mexico, artisans continue to practice volcanic lava rock carving in the realms of both practical and fine art.