Zulu Snuff Container on Tripod Base - South Africa

Perched on a group of delicate legs, this small Zulu snuff container bears a beautiful, dark patina and is decorated with several carved nodes, revealing the natural color of the horn.

The taking of tobacco, whether smoked or insufflated, was a formal part of many major feasts and was considered an important communal event. Among the Zulu and other southern African ethnic groups, tobacco has associations with procreation, creating favorable conditions for growth and fertility. By extension, tobacco is also linked with the powers of the ancestors.

Late 19th or early 20th century
H: 3"
Ex private UK collection
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