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Cosmetic Container

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

Description

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

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