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lidded snuff box
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • lidded snuff box, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, leather, gourd, brass, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 9.5 x 4.5 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3422

The small cylindrical snuff box is flared at either end. The handle spans the length of the snuffbox. A leather strip knotted through a small hole at the top of the handle and through the center of a small circle of gourd used as a stopper. The snuffbox is decorated with a band of brass tacks on the top surface, a band on the sides of the flared portions, and two bands on the narrower cylinder. Three grooves separate the bands of brass tacks from the flare at either end.