Ceremonial Mortar

Culture Valdivia4000 B.C. - 1500 B.C.

Museo Casa del Alabado

Museo Casa del Alabado
Quito, Ecuador

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.


  • 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)
  • Physical Dimensions: w7,1 x h21,9 cm
  • Culture: Valdivia
  • Type: Stonework
  • Rights: Museo Casa del Alabado
  • External Link: http://alabado.org/
  • Medium: Stone

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