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Tortoise-shell container
Tortoise-shell container

Custodian: University of Glasgow Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Reference: GLAHM E.1925.35/1

This container was made from a hollow tortoise shell and has a piece of fur inside. It would have been filled with ground aromatic herbs and the fur used as a 'powder puff'.

This is one of twelve such items originating in San (or Bushmen) culture in the Kalahari Desert.

Maker: not known

Materials: tortoise shell; fur

Dimensions: 140mm x 100mm