A Fine South African North Nguni Lignum Vitae Hardwood Snuff Container

A Fine South African North Nguni Lignum Vitae Hardwood Snuff Container

1800 to 1900 South Africa

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A Fine South African North Nguni Lignum Vitae Hardwood Snuff Container
19th Century

Size : 7.5 cm high – 3 ins high
Provenance : Ex collection Lord McAlpine, Ex Maurice Braham

A Tsonga headman is described by H.A Junod in ‘The Life of a South African Tribe’ in 1912 as putting two spoonfuls of snuff he has made and prepared aside for his maternal and paternal ancestors saying ‘here is some tabacco ! come all of you and take a pinch and do not be angry with me when I snuff, nor say that I deprive you of your share’.
( Junod, H.A page 364 )
Dimensions
Height 7.50 cm (2.95 inches)
Medium
wood and brass
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