A rare white marble crusher, biconic in shape, from an ancient BMAC collection. Nice gloomy patina and visible traces of use, showing that this piece had some cult function: here Viktor Sarianidi’s theory of pre-Zoroastrian practices would fit in nicely: indeed in later times Zoroastrian priests used crushers to prepare their narcotic ‘hoama’ drink from ephedrine plants, hemp and poppies..
Further reading: Victor Sarianidi in: Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies, vol 9, 2003 (ISSN 1084-7561) and Victor Sarianidi, Margiana and Protozoroastrianism, Athens 1998.
Length 44cm, max diameter 83mm, min diameter 32mm. Well preserved. BMAC period, late 3rd millennium BC.
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