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Possibly once having a stopper
Smooth glossy silky patina
Size: 65cm long - 25½ ins long
Ex Pons collection Barcelona (3848)
Ex Terrence Pethica collection
Published ‘The Art of Southern Africa’ Milan 2007 no. 113
The use of tobacco played a part in many major ceremonies and rites, and it was the highest ranking member of the community who was the one expected to supply the snuff. The accepted method was for him to pour a large quantity into his left hand and then to hold it out for people to take without looking at them. ‘If he is rich and liberal he helps himself and then tosses the box to the rest to do the same’ Krige 1936:60. It is certainly possible that this unusual and large snuff box staff had a very similar function.