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Snuff Container in Form of a Buffalo

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Possibly Zulu
MEDIUM Wood, metal
  • Place Made: South Africa
  • DATES 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 2 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (6.4 x 15.9 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Thomas A. Eddy
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden snuff container in the form of a buffalo with horns close to the head that curve down and under. It is carved from a single piece of wood. Container is inlaid with white metal in an X-motif. A zigzag line through the metal exposing the wood on the interior surface further enhances the decorative quality of the inlay. A metal inlay of a circle with serrated edges is located in the rump as well as in the position of the anus. Opening and stopper for snuff is located at the forehead. The container is in fair and stable condition. Three sections of metal inlay are missing from the X-motif; the metal inlay located in the position of the anus is mostly missing. The tip of the proper left horn is broken off and missing.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Possibly Zulu. Snuff Container in Form of a Buffalo, 19th century. Wood, metal, 2 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (6.4 x 15.9 x 3.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Thomas A. Eddy, 22.809. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 22.809.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 22.809.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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