Mortar and pestle are implements used since ancient times to prepare ingredients or substances by crushing and grinding them into a fine paste or powder in the kitchen, laboratory, and pharmacy. The mortar (/?m??rt?r/) is a bowl, typically made of hard wood, metal, ceramic, or hard stone, such as granite. The pestle (/?p?s?l/, also US: /?p?st?l/) is a heavy and blunt club-shaped object. The substance to be ground, which may be wet or dry, is placed in the mortar, where the pestle is pressed and rotated onto it until the desired texture is achieved. This beautiful piece would make a great addition to ones kitchen.