Snuff containers & pipes, made of many different materials & forms, are objects of great elaboration & ornamentation. Tobacco was smoked, snuffed, & chewed. The tobacco snuff was often mixed with ashes of other plants, minerals, & 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, & the recognition of rank differences. For example, it may be used in greeting or as part of wedding ceremonies.
Snuff containers are still used by diviners, as tobacco is a tool for communicating with the ancestors. It is used in divination to put the diviner in contact with the spirits.
Height: 7 ½" on its metal 4" x 2" stand. It is 5 ½" in length.