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Lidded Container

A work made of wood.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood.

Date:

Mid–late 19th century

Artist:

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

About this artwork

The use of this container with its graceful ovoid form and incised linear pattern is unclear. It may have served as a prestige object for a high-ranking member of society—for instance, providing a place to store tobacco in honor of guests and ancestors on festive and ritual occasions. Recent scholarship suggests that it may have been made explicitly for sale to a foreign client, tourist, or resident.

Status

On View, Gallery 137

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Northern Nguni

Title

Lidded Container

Place

South Africa (Object made in)

Date

1850–1900

Medium

Wood

Dimensions

46 × 27.9 cm (18 1/8 × 11 in.)

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund

Reference Number

1979.539

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