The half-moon shaped camwood powder box has an "imbol" sign (camwood powder is made of Pterocarpus bark) on the lid. The powder is mixed with palm oil or water then smeared on the body. Traces of the original contents, "tukulua" powder, are still visible inside. Dark, partially shiny patina with signs of use. Four brass-tacks in the lid.
Lit.: Afrika - Sammlung Doetsch - Kalus Volprecht. Page 89
This book is also available in our catalogue (see cat. num.: 60-1040)
Christies - Art Africain et Océanien - Paris - 7 December 2006 - page 76