South African North Nguni Wire Decorated Calabash Snuff Containers

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
‘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.

South African North Nguni Wire Decorated Calabash Snuff Containers

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