Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Shilluk peoples
  • pipe, late 1800s–1978
  • Where object was made: Sudan
  • wood, terracotta, leather, foil, beads, wire, cloth, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 41 x 4 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 16 1/8 x 1 9/16 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3414

The wooden pipe is wrapped with leather and has a black clay pipe bowl, in the shape of a rhinoceros head. The rhino's mouth is the opening to the pipe bowl. The wooden stem is wrapped with leather, the sides of the strips cut into jagged edges. There is cloth wrapped around the clay, under the leather. There are small diamond cutouts, in lines, backed with colored foil, in purple, blue-green and red. There are small bands of yellow, red and white beads at the junction of the leather strips.