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tobacco container with lid
  • Maranao peoples
  • tobacco container with lid, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Lanao del Sur, Philippines
  • bamboo, paint, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 55.5 x 13 x 10 cm height with lid
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 7/8 x 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 in height with lid
  • Gift of Charles K. Warriner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2839.a,b

The cylindrical container (2007.2839.a) has a lid (2007.2839.b).

The container has a purple field with light natural and green designs. The decorative band around the middle has a green square outline with a line at each corner and the natural colored diamond outline overlay that is flanked with green and natural colored chevrons. There are two repeats of the design, and a smaller natural and green diamond where the chevrons from each iteration intersect. The wide band of decoration 1/3 of the distance from the top and bottom has a purple field, repeats of a natural cross and green and and natural squares at each point, separated by natural colored chevrons and a diamond-like shape with three vertical lines at the top. The remaining bands were solid green and light natural or, purple and natural triangles, green open crosses on a natural field, light natural squares on a purple field, green and light natural triangles, and a light natural zigzag on a purple field.

The wooden lid has a round base that sits into the container. There is a flat panel that is insterted vertically, carved in a leaf-like pattern, painted in purple, yellow, white and green.