late 1800s or early 1900s
Hide, earth, blood
Gift of Frank Herreman in memory of Hendrik and Marcelle Herreman 2016.60
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.
Is something not working on this page? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.