Snuff Container

Snuff Container

1800s-1900s

Gourd and copper alloy

Overall: 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2010.200

Description

The shape and material of gourd snuff containers—like a woman’s womb, the gourd contains and nurtures the seed—suggest they were made for female users and allude to procreation and fecundity.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Vessels

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