Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • pipe, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • gourd, bark, wire, metal, plant fiber
  • Object Height/Diameter: 29 x 12.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 11 3/8 x 4 7/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0953.a,b

This pipe (2007.0953.a) is made from a bottleneck gourd set into a base of bark and secured with twisted plant fiber. The narrow end of the gourd is open, and a hole has been made in the round part. The neck is decorated with a band of metal, three bands of metal (some brass) tacks and wrapped with wire. The neck also has three small holes on its shaft with a leather handle strung through two of them and the third through the metal band. There is a wood cylinder, attached to the leather loop, which sits over the top of 2007.0953.b, a hollow wood cylinder which sits into the hole in the round body of the gourd.