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mortar
Wooden mortar and pestle, Samoa 
© Australian Museum 
photographer: Ms. Emma Furno
 
Summary:
E074126-001 - 26/8/1976, mortar, , , , Samoa, Pacific
Item Name:
mortar
Label:
While the use of wooden bowls in food preparation was commonplace in Samoa, little use is made of pounding with the result that no food pounders of a permanent type, either in wood or stone, were made. This mortar and pestle are probably for grinding cocoa beans, not a traditional activity. Since the introduction of the cocoa plant, Samoans have taken to roasting and grinding the beans to make their own beverage, as well as selling beans to traders. Food bowls were once called ‘umete to distinguish them from kava bowls which were known as tanoa, but this distinction of names has broken down. Nowadays, all wooden bowls are tanoa and bowls are distinguished through qualifying terms to denote the use to which the bowl was put: hence tanoa (bowl) tu’i (to pound or mash) koko (cocoa beans). Usually the pounder is a naturally-shaped river stone but, in this case, it is made from the same wood. Bowls are generally cut from a solid piece of wood and then shaped with a metal-bladed adze. This object was donated to the Australian Museum in 1976, although it was originally collected in 1961.
Country:
Samoa
Collection Area:
Pacific
Museum Department:
Anthropology
Registration Date:
26/08/1976
Registration Number:
E074126-001
Associated Stories:
DOMICILE
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Wooden mortar and pestle, Samoa 
© Australian Museum 
photographer: Ms. Emma Furno
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Wooden mortar, Samoa 
© Australian Museum 
photographer: Ms. Emma Furno
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Wooden mortar, Samoa 
© Australian Museum 
photographer: Ms. Emma Furno
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Wooden mortar, Samoa 
© Australian Museum 
photographer: Ms. Emma Furno
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Wooden mortar and pestle, Samoa 
© Australian Museum 
photographer: Ms. Emma Furno
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Wooden mortar and pestle, Samoa 
© Australian Museum 
photographer: Ms. Emma Furno