Cosmetic Container


From: Namibia | Etosha Pan

Curatorial Section: African

Object Number 31-2-145
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Bushmen
Provenience Namibia | Etosha Pan
Section African
Materials Turtle Shell | Skin

Carapace of a small tortoise, rear opening stopped with beeswax. Contains reddish powder (buchu) held in by stopper made from a titmouse's nest (penduline titmouse). This is used as a "powder puff", with which the women apply the cosmetic to their greased bodies.

Credit Line Gift of Rodolphe Meyer de Schauensee, 1931
Other Number 19 - Other Number

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