Mortar and pestle

The artifact is called “Mortar and Pestle”. The person that connects me to the object is my mother, growing up in a Hispanic household this is an everyday cooking tool used by many of my family members. The object’s original use was for medicine, it was used to crush various ingredients prior to preparing an extemporaneous prescription. It is applicable to many things but in my household it was used to mash guacamole, gazpacho, and pesto. Apparently this particular object dates back to 35,000 B.C. It connects to immigration because this object is often used by people with Hispanic and or West Indian roots, this means that when the people from these places migrated to America they brought it along. This object makes me feel many ways, for one it makes me feel like I'm apart of history, the tool itself has been used for tens of thousands of years. Knowing that my ancient ancestors might of used it really connects me to my heritage. It's also makes me intrigued. It reflects the intelligence ancient humans had to have to be able to come up with such a versatile object. There are only a few tools and utensils that carried over all the centuries and it's an amazing feeling that your heritage is one of them. Last but not least it gives me a happy feeling, when I see that being used I know that whoever's using it is getting ready to prepare a meal in which me and everyone else is going to enjoy, a feeling I think we all have when we see people we love preparing a meal we

Year: 1997

– Carlos Otero

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