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, cloth, foil, beads, wire, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 45 x 4.5 x 9 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 17 11/16 x 1 3/4 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3415

The wooden pipe stem is wrapped with wide leather strips, with jagged edges. The black clay pipe bowl is in the shape of an animal head, possibly a cat or hyena and has red foil for the eye. There are diamond cutouts in the leather, with colored foil behind, in pink, silver and blue. Green cloth is wrapped around the clay bowl under the leather. There are red, white and yellow beads wrapped around the pipestem at regular intervals.