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
ex. UK private collection