Pipe bowl

Pipe bowl

early to mid-1900s

Wood, iron, and copper alloy

Overall: 25 cm (9 13/16 in.)

Jo Hershey Selden Fund 2008.152



Tobacco smoking had important social connotations in Central Africa, denoting age, status, and gender. Perhaps the enlarged hand expressed physical and spiritual powers and indicates that this work belonged to a chief.

See also
African Art
African Art
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