Granite Mortar and Pestle : Hand-carved of solid granite (the material preferred by top chefs), the mortar and pestle give you ultimate control in grinding and blending spices and herbs. The stone's weight enhances stability and makes pounding easier. Matte finish provides friction for efficient grinding yet won't absorb flavors and odors. The mortar exterior and pestle grip are textured for a firm, comfortable hold. 2-cup mortar: 6"Dia. x 4"H. Pestle: 7"-8"L (varies due to handcraftsmanship). Hand wash. Imported.
I received this mortar and pestle as a gift and it was heavier and bigger than i expected. this is a plus though as it helps with stability while using it. It is solidly built and doesn't seem like it would crack or break even with heavy long-term use. the only negative aspect of it (which may only be because i'm a perfectionist) is that the mortar is slightly lop-sided on the outside. the center is great and it works wonderfully though. great gift for a food enthusiast.