"Snuff Box In Corozo Nut From The 19th Century"A very interesting work of sculpture on this corozo *** Snuff box of the 19th century. Details deeply hollowed out of vine leaves and grapes. On the top a basket of fruit. One side has a very candid human face. The end of the closure misses are cap and its metal chain. As is often the case in folk art, all these small details could be considered as religious references. This type of snuff box is called It is intended to be filled with tobacco and closes with a tiny tip usually tied to the box by a small metal chain. *** It is what is called vegetable ivory or tagua. The corozo carves, turns, polishes easily and almost as finely as ivory. The tagua nut was worked by sailors who made these small boxes, snuffed rasps or tobacco also made by convicts. The latter worked to pass the time but especially to get some money to improve their lives. Can also be attributed to sailors during their long journeys. Dimension: Length: 83 mm Diameter: 47 mm This snuffbox is a very good condition it is especially of high quality.