Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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figural snuff container
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • figural snuff container, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, leather, beads, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 27.5 x 5 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 13/16 x 1 15/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5088
Label Text

The figure of a female is standing with her arms on her abdomen and a cylindrical snuff container on her head. She appears to be nude, with a choker of black and white beads. There is red pigment on her hair and eyes. The figure is dark brown, the container on top of her head is a lighter brown with grooves around the middle. The flat lid is tethered with a strip of buckskin.