Tool: Mortar and Pestle
A tool used to grind, crush and blend substances. The mortar is a bowl, the pestle is a heavy stick used to pound and grind.
The mortar and pestle have been used cross culturally for centuries, possibly millennia. Initially it was a tool used by herbalists and later apothecaries to grind components in tinctures, poultices and other treatments. Its culinary application very likely followed soon afterwards, particularly when spices such as peppercorns that benefit from crushing became well known in the west.