Snuff containers, Dinka, Kenya / Sudan, Africa.

These are rare snuff containers that were used by the Dinka for carrying snuff. These snuff boxes, made of many different materials and forms, are objects of great elaboration and ornamentation. Often carried on the person, they may be tucked into the hair or clothing, or worn on a string or thong around the neck, wrist, hair, or even through the ear lobe.

Tobacco was smoked, snuffed, and chewed. The tobacco snuff was often mixed with ashes of other plants, minerals, and animal fats. This intense mixture was taken rapidly to induce intoxication. While it may be a personal pastime for some, tobacco in Africa is widely associated with public ceremonies, social etiquette, and the recognition of rank differences.

Materials: Leather, iron, aluminum and Horn. Both containers have remains of snuff inside.

The dark one measures 13,7 cm - 5.38 inch.

The light one with the leather pouch measures 31 cm - 12.2 inch. Container itself: 7,8 cm - 3 inch. Leather pouch 10,2 cm - 4 inch.

Price for the two pieces € 225,-     Special offer 125,-