Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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smoking pipe
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • smoking pipe, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Australia
  • wood, pigment, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Diameter: a 31.5 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: a 12 3/8 x 1 9/16 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b 4 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b 1 9/16 x 1 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3728.a,b

The cylindrical wooden pipestem (2007.3728.a) has a small conical wooden bowl (2007.3728.b). The pipestem has two undecorated bands at the ends, but most of it is covered with two iterations of a red lizard with a black band at the neck and tail. The area around the lizards is yellow, with blocks of parallel incised lines, at varying angles. The pipebowl is red, but is otherwise undecorated. It sits into a hole at the mouth of one lizard.