I've been looking for a large marble mortar of this shape for years. They are great, keeping the temp down as you work. They hold a couple quarts of pesto, and the large ears make them easy to hang onto even when your working hard. Unfortunately, I can't find a contemporary source, and the antique ones, such as this fine specimen, can cost as much as a food processor! If anyone can help a fellow out with one of these lovely pieces, I'll oblige with ... a new food processor!