This okhli (mortar) was made from locally available sandstone and was set into the floor of the kitchen, using plain cement concrete. The musal (pestle) was used to pound pulses, grains, and dry spices like chilli or turmeric.


  • Title: Musal okhli (Mortar & Pestle)
  • Location: Roopsi, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
  • Type: Vastu (Object)
  • Contributor: Mansi S Rao, Ben Cartwright and Samrudha Dixit
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Stone, Wood
  • Wood Craft Technique: Turning, Lacquering
  • Stone Craft Technique: Carving, Dressing, Masonry
  • Region: Marwar

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