Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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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, wood, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 39 x 11 cm height with lid
    Object Height/Diameter: 15 3/8 x 4 5/16 in height with lid
  • Gift of Charles K. Warriner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2837.a,b

The cylindrical bamboo container (2007.2837.a) has a wooden lid (2007.2837.b). The container is decorated with bands created with some kind of resist when the surface was stained red. The band around the middle has a natural colored square with a diamond outline with floral designs at the points. The motif is flanked by sideways chevrons of small squares. The motif is repeated twice and where the chevrons overlap there is a smaller iteration of the design. The bands of decoration above and below the center band mirror each other and include solid bands of red, natural, and green. There is also, red with natural squares, green and red triangles on a natural field, diagonal natural lines on red, a wide band of solid red, triangles created by small natural colored squares, green and natural checkerboard blocks on a natural field, and large natural or green triangles, with red triangles inside.

The round wooden lid sits into the opening of the container.