Beaded Snuff Gourd - Southeast Africa

A beautiful checkerboard play of white, pink, red, and blue adorns this gorgeously beaded snuff gourd. Accents of dark blue heighten the warmth of the palette. The fully beaded cap, topped with a generous cascade of beaded lengths, retains its gently twisted attachment cord.

Tobacco culture was of great importance among the tribes of southern Africa during the last several centuries, and the specialized accoutrements that were created to furnish it were lavished with attention by their makers. While we have not definitively identified the region of manufacture, it appears to be southern African in origin. Interestingly, it was acquired by Galerie Argiles together with a rare beaded necklace that is attributed to the Dinka peoples in The Splendour of Ethnic Jewelry: From the Colette and Jean-Pierre Ghysels Collection.


Gourd, glass beads, fiber
Late 19th/ early 20th century
H: 5"
Ex Galerie Argiles, Paris
#380
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