Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Shilluk peoples
  • pipe, late 1800s–1978
  • Where object was made: Sudan
  • terracotta, leather, foil, beads
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 17 x 6.5 x 5 cm length without loop handle
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 6 11/16 x 2 1/2 x 1 15/16 in length without loop handle
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3417

The red clay pipe has a straight pipe stem and round pipe bowl. The entire pipe is wrapped with leather and has diamond shaped cutouts with red or silver foil. Red and green beads are wrapped around the stem near the mouthpiece. There are two bands of red green and white wrapped near the junction with the bowl and red, white, green, pink, black blue and yellow beads wrapped around the bowl with a second strand draped from the bowl at regular intervals.