Aug 22, 2016
Aug 22, 2016
Aug 22, 2016

Snuff Container

Snuff Container

late 1800s or early 1900s

Hide, earth, and blood

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

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


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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