Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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snuff container
  • unknown Shona maker
  • snuff container, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • horn, rawhide, wood, plant fiber, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 12 x 6 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 4 3/4 x 2 3/8 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3272

The small horn is converted into a snuff container. The wide end has a wooden stopper. Most of the horn is wrapped in a sheath of rawhide, except a small amount of the narrow end. The plant fiber loop and a rawhide loop are strung through a loop carved of horn near the opening.