Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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boijai (pipe)
  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • boijai (pipe), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • wood, wire, plant fiber, carving
  • Object Length/Diameter: 18 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 7 1/16 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5305

The dark brown hollow wooden cylinder tapers at one end. It is stuffed with plant fiber. It has a wire inserted through the plant fiber and the wire is looped at the end that is at the narrower end of the cylinder.

It was used by shamans for communicating with spirits and healing by inhaling deeply and quickly. More recently it is used by men in general for recreational smoking.