Mortars in the form of felines and parrots were used to pulverize medicinal and hallucinogenic substances. They are among the paraphernalia that accompanied ancient religious rites in which transformation was facilitated by plants of power.
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Title: Ceremonial Mortar
Creator: Culture Valdivia
Date: 4000 B.C. - 1500 B.C.
Provenance: Ecuadorian North Coast, Ecuadorian North Coast, Museo Casa del Alabado. Inventoried by National Institute of Cultural Heritage of Ecuador (INPC)