South African North Nguni Wire Decorated Calabash Snuff Containers
South African North Nguni Wire Decorated Calabash Snuff Containers

South African North Nguni Wire Decorated Calabash Snuff Containers

1800 to 1900 South Africa

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Two South African North Nguni Wire Decorated Calabash Snuff Containers
And a Zulu carved black horn snuff container
Copper and brass wire, calabash, horn and wood
Late 19th Century

Sizes: 8.5cm & 7.5cm dia. – 3¼ ins & 3 ins dia.
7.5cm high – 3 ins high
See: Finch and Co catalogue no. 2, item no. 24, catalogue no. 6, items 9 & 10, catalogue no. 8, item no. 40, and catalogue no. 10, item no. 105, for other examples.
‘Zulu’s seldom meet without taking snuff’ E J Krige; The social system of the Zulu's 1936. Snuff taking was a communal activity amongst the peoples of South Africa and members of a family group, or friends meeting, would immediately take a pinch of snuff before any discussion or activity could begin.
Snuff flasks were not just regarded as mere containers; they were seen as objects of personal adornment and often worn as decorative accessories to enhance the costume of the owner. They were therefore carefully and beautifully made.
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Gourd, wire and Horn
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