Snuff Container

Sherbro, Sierra Leone
19th Century
Previous Collection: William Siegmann (Former curator of African art at the Brooklyn Museum)

This container has a beautiful soft pale yellowish patina from generations of handling. The faceted ’base’ is surmounted by a delicately carved head with expressive face complete with worn facial features and an openwork capped coiffure. These Sherbro containers were used to carry snuff; finding examples this early and with collection data is not something one finds often.

This Object is 7.5” tall.

SOLD / 7-6-11