Smoking and Drinking

By Victoria Rovine
University of Florida (formerly University of Iowa)

Tanzania; Kwere peoples


Wood, fiber

H. 17.78 cm (7")

University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, The Stanley Collection, X1990.678

The leaves of the tobacco plant may be ground into a fine powder commonly known as snuff, which is inhaled through the nose. The containers that hold an individual's supply of snuff often become, like tobacco pipes, prized personal possessions, carried with their owners at all times. This Kwere snuff container is elaborately decorated in the chipped style that characterizes much carving along the Swahili coast of east Africa.