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19th Century Tribal Beaded Tobacco Bag, South Africa


We are proud to offer an outstanding example of an early beaded tobacco bag. Dating to the 19th century, this beautiful example is made of European glass (Venetian) beads, textile and sinew. The Mfengu, Thembu and Xhosa all used tobacco bags. Over time, they developed into body adornment, as did the use of a pipe itself. A person was socially out of step if not in possession of either of these decorative items. We guarantee the authenticity of all our objects.


  • Dimensions

    H 10 in. x W 5 in. x D 0.25 in.

    H 25.4 cm x W 12.7 cm x D 6.35 mm

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    New York, NY
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