Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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lidded snuff box
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • lidded snuff box, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, leather, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 12.5 x 4.5 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 4 7/8 x 1 3/4 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3423
Label Text

The wooden cylinder has a raised ridge down one side. There is a hole through the length of the ridge to accommodate the leather strip tethering the small carved wooden stopper. The cylinder is decorated with three sets of three rows, two vertical rows on the ridge and two concentric squares on the bottom. It is partially hollowed.

The stopper is a small head with a cone-like headdress or hair, possibly a Chihongo head.

It is medium brown.