This is an African Carved Wood and Bone Figurative Snuff Bottle, which measures 6.75" long by 1" wide (where the head meets the body) and 0.8125" thick (at the base). The head of the figure, which forms the stopper of the container, has been abstractly carved in a light wood, such as Balsa, and dyed black. The body has been made from a cow bone which has been cleaned out and plugged with bone at the bottom to form the container. The surface of the bone has been beautifully hand etched with three bands of geometric decorations which have been highlighted with brown dye. Widely used in Africa since the 16th century, snuff bottles are designed to hold tobacco or, if owned by a shaman, magic powders. The maker, country of origin and age are unknown. This African Carved Wood and Bone Figurative Snuff Bottle is in very good condition with no signs of damage or wear.