Snuffing tube - ROM2007_8970_1


Snuffing tube

Maker: Cuiva culture
Medium:Bird wing bones, palm fibre, vegetable resin
Geography: Intendencia Arauca, Colombia
Date: c. 1966
1.5 × 17 × 3 cm
Object number: 969.236.8
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionPrior to hunting big game, the Cuiva inhale the drug to give energy. They could go for days without food. After the hunt, there is another ceremony where people inhale the same narcotic. The effect lasts around 4 hours. The user puts the bulbous ends into his nostrils and inhales the powdered from a tray.
Cataloguer: Arni Brownstone
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