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Snuff Kerrie

A work made of wood and metal.

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  • A work made of wood and metal.

Date:

Probably 19th century

Artist:

Northern Nguni
South Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa

About this artwork

This snuff kerrie combines a knobkerrie, a short staff with a domed ball-head that could serve as a club in
hunting or combat, and a container for powdered tobacco to be used as snuff. Enhanced with human and animal features, the work has a velvety smooth, honey-colored surface. This fusion of two practical utensils into one finely carved wooden object is an excellent example of the ingenuity that characterizes work by artists in 19th-century southern Africa.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Artist

Northern Nguni

Title

Snuff Kerrie

Place

South Africa (Object made in)

Medium

Wood and metal

Dimensions

D.: 64.5 cm (25 7/16 in.); DIMs of object on mount. : 42 × 8.9 × 64.8 cm (16 1/2 × 3 1/2 × 25 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

African Decorative Arts Fund

Reference Number

2022.1580

Extended information about this artwork

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