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, cloth, beads
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 41.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 16 5/16 x 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3416

The wooden pipe stem is wrapped with wide leather strips, with jagged edges. The red clay pipe bowl is in the shape of an elephant head with beads for eyes. There are diamond cutouts in the leather, with colored foil behind, in blue-green and yellow. Cloth is wrapped around the clay bowl under the leather.