Monday, January 16, 2012

Zulu Horn Pipe - South Africa

Used for the inhalation of hemp, water was poured into this horn pipe. The mouth would extend over the top of the horn to obtain a deep inhalation.

Used on special occasions, as with the taking of snuff and tobacco, smoking was a means of communicating with ancestors.

The shape, natural coloration and elegant carving create a beautiful form. The pipe is carved with classic amasumpa decoration.

Good condition, ceramic bowl lacking. Old collection marking on side.

Late 19th century
L: 16"
ex. UK private collection

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