A stone mortar and a wooden pestle in the courtyard of a house in Porbandar. The courtyard space is also used to dry grains which are husked and de-hulled with the use of the sambelu.


  • Title: Sambelu (Pestle)
  • Location: Chingariya, Porbandar, Gujarat
  • Type: Vastu (Object)
  • Contributor: Mitraja Bais, Jay Thakkar, Samrudha Dixit, Ben Cartwright and Mansi S Rao
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Wood, Stone, Metal (Iron)
  • Wood Craft Technique: Carving, Turning
  • Stone Craft Technique: Dressing
  • Region: Saurashtra
  • Metal Craft Technique: Fittings

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