So cute! So unique! The pestle is mushroom shaped just as the picture shows. Very easy to use and ready to go right out of the box with a little water wash up. I love the small size. Actually, I bought this one together with the smaller 3" traditional shaped one. I use one set for each spice I crush so that there is no cross contamination of flavours. Everyone should own at least one of these. And this IS the best price around.