Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

  • Africa
  • pipe, late 1800s–1998
  • wood, horn, paper, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 55 x 5 x 11 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 21 5/8 x 1 15/16 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift of Robert H. Brown Jr.
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3425.a,b,c

The pipe is in three pieces.

The bowl (2007.3425.a) has an extension curving up from the bottom to join the stem. The extension has paper stuffed into the opening. The bowl has a shield-like shape with "92" printed inside.

The stem (2007.3425.b) is straight, with two raised ridges just above the portion that inserts into the bowl. It is decorated with leaf designs.

The mouthpiece (2007.3425.c) is made of horn. There is a bulbous portion near its attachment to the stem, and it curves to the end.