Pipe

Pipe

early to mid 1900s

Wood, metal

Overall: 25 cm (9 13/16 in.)

Jo Hershey Selden Fund 2008.152

Description

Tobacco smoking had important social connotations in Central Africa, denoting age, status, and gender. Perhaps the enlarged hand expressed physical and spiritual powers and indicates that this work belonged to a chief.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Wood
Medium: 
Wood, metal

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