About this artwork
This snuff container made of cattle horn was worn by a high-ranking man as a pendant. Its material, shape, and use connect it to the spirit world. Cattle have been a primary source of wealth throughout southern Africa, playing a critical role in communications between the living and the dead. Tobacco was part of wedding gifts and also offered to the ancestors.
- Northern Nguni
- Snuff Container
- South Africa
- Cattle horn, copper, brass, and iron
- 6 x 40 cm (2 3/8 x 15 3/4 in.)
- African Decorative Arts Fund