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Snuff Container

A work made of cattle horn, copper, brass, and iron.

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  • A work made of cattle horn, copper, brass, and iron.

Date:

Possibly mid–/late 19th century

Artist:

Northern Nguni
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa

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.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Culture

Northern Nguni

Title

Snuff Container

Origin

South Africa

Date

1850–1899

Medium

Cattle horn, copper, brass, and iron

Dimensions

6 x 40 cm (2 3/8 x 15 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

African Decorative Arts Fund

Reference Number

2018.5

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