Snuff Container

Snuff Container

late 1800s or early 1900s

Hide, earth, blood

Gift of Frank Herreman in memory of Hendrik and Marcelle Herreman 2016.60

Fun Fact

The tobacco product snuff was stored in decorative, yet useful, containers like this one.

Description

Snuff containers made from a mixture of hide, earth, and blood constitute a very rare type of object in the artistic production of southern Africa. The specific gourdlike shape is an even more unusual occurrence. Its materials and purpose refer to the communication between animals and humans.

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