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A Zulu Ishungu; Wirework Snuff Gourd

Tribe Dynasty

Zulu

Country Of Origin

South Africa

Date

Circa 1900

Size

7 x 6 cms (3 x 2ΒΌ ins)

Materials

Gourd, brass and copper wire

Technique

Wirework

Condition

Excellent condition

Provenance

ex David Lewin. UK

These ingeniously made snuff gourds and other Zulu snuff containers were prestige items in much the same way as their European equivalents were. Snuff taking was widespread among the Zulu and other Nguni tribes and its use was part of the daily ritual. The beautiful deep patina shows the age and frequent handling of such personal items.

The gourds were patterned by pressing the bent ends of cut lengths of brass or copper wire into tiny holes piercing the gourd in the appropriate design. This example has sweeping arcs of wire emphasizing the shape of the gourd.

Price

Price on request

Reference No

2509

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