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.
Height: 5 3/4" x Diameter: 1 7/8". Height on custom stand is 4 3/4". Metal base has a 3 3/4" diameter.