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Cosmetic Container

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Object Number:31-2-145
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Namibia
Etosha Pan
Materials:Turtle Shell
Credit Line:Gift of Rodolphe Meyer de Schauensee, 1931
Other Number:19 - Other Number


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Five Thousand Years of Vanity (06 Jan 1944 - 28 Feb 1944) View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Hall, Henry U. 1931. "A Bushman Collection". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 2. no. 4. pg. 130-131 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 129, pl. XIView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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