Maasai gourd snuff container, Kenya
wood/cork, chain, beads, metal, gourd, animal skin
4" tall

$150

Snuff containers were used by various African cultures as the consumption of tobacco, either by
smoking it or inhaling it in the form of snuff, was an important part of many traditions and events. An
object like this would have been used by the Maasai elders. Objects like this often were used for
carrying medicines as well. These were made as private, personal objects, but the tobacco or snuff
was always shared with others. They were often times adorned with beads or incised decorations,
such as this one, and they would be worn around the neck and would be part of the daily attire of the
owner.
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