Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • pipe, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • wood, wire, plant fiber, carving
  • Object Length/Diameter: 19.5 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 7 5/8 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5304

The dark brown wooden cylinder has a raised band on either end. It is stuffed with plant fiber which holds a wire in place with a loop on one end. It is incised with zigzag lines on the length of it.

It was used by shamans to go into a trance for healing and communicating with spirits by smoking deeply and rapidly. It is a recent development for all men to use pipes for recreational smoking.