Smoking and Drinking
By Victoria Rovine
University of Florida (formerly University of Iowa)
The elegant minimalism of much Kwere figurative sculpture is evident in this container, which alludes obliquely to the human form. The stopper depicts the two crests of Kwere women's coiffures, narrowing into a "neck" encircled by leather. Kwere snuff containers closely resemble another type of figurative sculpture—the dolls made for young girls. Both crystalize in a highly abstract sculpture the essential elements of the female form.