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:

Zulu or 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.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Northern Nguni

Title

Lidded Container

Origin

South Africa

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

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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