The surface of this snuff container, made from a hollow section of bamboo, features three finely engraved bands of decorations. Early glass beads of blue and white have been used to adorn each end of the container as well as the handle.
Ex Private Collection, South Africa (Durban)
The taking of snuff was widespread throughout southern Africa, and carefully carved snuff containers were often treasured personal possessions among both men and women. The act of taking and sharing snuff, a substance connected to the ancestral realm, unifies the social and the spiritual.
British Museum, ‘Smoking and Snorting Tobacco in South Africa’ https://britishmuseum.tumblr.com/post/156938048217/smoking-and-snorting-tobacco-in-south-africa