Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • pipe, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, metal, leather, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 73 x 3 x 8 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 28 3/4 x 1 1/8 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3431

The smoking pipe consists of a very long, thin metal tube for a pipe stem. There is a wooden disc with a metal band, then a larger diameter metal tube, and a carved wooden knob. The tube distal to the knob is decorated with bands, and leads into a wooden block with a large rectangular hole. The block is decorated with fields of crosshatching, a grid design and a diamond design. There is a wooden tube that comes out of the same side of the block, and the wood and leather pipe bowl attaches at the end.