Kezhia Fields introduces one of many items being sold:
A pair of Mortar and Pestle from Ethiopia. Early 20th Century. H81 cm x W18 cm. H83 cm X W77cm. Ex Collection of Bryan Reeves Tribal Gathering.
The geometric etchings form a synergistic bond with the woods natural cracking. An honest signifier of age and usage.
Its multifaceted function speaks true of the craftsmanship at hand. A blender, spice grinder, and food processor all in one; the mortar and pestle is the transformative tool relied upon by the traditional tribal home.
The traditional mortar and pestle is the epitome of ceremony and service. Through the conviviality of ceremony and the spirituality of service- exemplified in the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, otherwise known as ‘Jebena Buna’, in which family, friends, and neighbours come together to make and drink coffee- the mortar and pestle reintroduces a seemingly habitual and mundane action into something engaging and memorable.
The mechanical processes of husking and dehulling is done by the arduous efforts of the operator. The task of mincing, grinding, and mixing become just a precious and precise as the ingredients used.
The wood itself, being highly absorbent, leaves remnants of flavours from past rituals, thus each occasion never really leaves, only joining the next.