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.
- Northern Nguni
- Lidded Container
- South Africa (Object made in)
- 46 × 27.9 cm (18 1/8 × 11 in.)
- Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund