- Label Text
- Large land snail shells are used as ritual containers by many African peoples. According to the donor who collected this cloth covered shell in the town of Nazoume in the Benin Republic, it was used by a Fon healer who gave the patient "strong drink" then listened to the shell to hear if the sick person would get better.
- Shell wrapped in cloth with wrapped loop protruding from the top of the shell.
- Michael and Shirley Furst, collected 1965-1968
- Exhibition History
- Artful Animals, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., July 1, 2009-July 25, 2010
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Fon artist
- Mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of Michael Furst
- Shell, cotton, encrustation
- H x W x D: 16.0 x 6.1 x 5.5 cm (6 5/16 x 2 3/8 x 2 3/16 in.)