Snuff Mortar (Tesa Ya Ma Kanya)

Snuff Mortar (Tesa Ya Ma Kanya)

late 1800s

Wood, upholstery studs, cloth, and metal

Overall: 22.5 x 8.4 x 13.8 cm (8 7/8 x 3 5/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

Gift of Katherine C. White 1978.28



Tobacco, introduced into Africa in the 16th century, became the prerogative of leaders. As patrons of the arts, Chokwe chiefs commissioned elaborate pipes and mortars as part of their court regalia for display during public gatherings.

See also
African Art
African Art
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