Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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snuff bottle
  • unknown Ndebele maker
  • snuff bottle, late 1800s–1996
  • Where object was made: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • gourd
  • Object Height/Diameter: 16 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 6 1/4 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift of Sue Schuessler
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0948

This is a pear-shaped gourd, with an opening at the narrow end.

This kind of snuff container is used to bring snuff to the spirit during ceremonies where it is passed around.