Molcajete

Molcajete

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. A molcajete (Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl mulcazitl) is a stone tool, the traditional Mexican version of the mortar and pestle tool, similar to the South American batan (stone) used for grinding various food products. The molcajete was used by pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican cultures including the Aztec and Maya, stretching back several thousand years, and likely evolved from the more primitive metate grinding slab. Traditionally carved out of a single block of vesicular basalt, molcajetes are typically round in shape and supported by three short legs. They are frequently decorated with the carved head of an animal on the outside edge of the bowl, giving the molcajete the appearance of a short, stout, three-legged animal. The pig is the most common animal head used for decoration of this type.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 186g
  • Culp Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136652420
  • 9786136652429