Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Item CVM_002.59.1-.4 - Quern

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CA CVM CVM_002.59.1-.4

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Stone, wood. Width-36 cm, Height-100 cm, Wooden base: Height-48 cm, Width-35 cm x 135 cm.

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Stone quern used to grind rice. Rice is mixed with water and put in the hollowed top stone. The wooden handle is turned to grind the rice. Each stone has small grooves on the friction sides. The ground rice comes out the large stone grooved spout.
.001 – (not shown) wooden base used to support the stone grinder, .002 – large stone round with a spout, .003 – smaller stone but deeper that fits on top of .002, .004 – wooden handle that fits into stone indentations on either side of .003

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Belonged to the family of donor, Frank Won. Frank came to the Cowichan Valley in 1964. His grandfather, Won Yuk arrived in Victoria from China about 1880 and had a restaurant from 1880 to 1890 in Victoria on Cormorant Street. The grinder was used in the home for three generations. A larger one was used in the restaurant.


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419.2 KiB


December 11, 2015 12:30 PM

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