Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • pipe, late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • bamboo, burning, incising?
  • Object Length/Diameter: 30 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 11 3/4 x 1 3/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4056
Label Text

The smoking pipe is made from a segment of bamboo. One end is open, the other closed with the natural septum. It has a small hole near the closed end. It is decorated with a band of narrow dark brown triangles at either end and two bands of dark brown zigzag between. The triangles and zigzags are outlined with small dots that appear to be small holes filled with a grey substance.