Cosmetic Mortar

Photo: Birmingham Museums Trust CC By 2.0
Object type: Cosmetic Mortar
Period: Anglo-Saxon
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 15/06/2021
Location: Staffordshire morrlands


A 75% complete cosmetic mortar of Late Iron Age to Early Roman, dating c. 100 BC to 200 AD. The mortar is one half of a cosmetic set, the other half would be a pestle, most probably used for grinding cosmetic material such as eye or face paint.