African Tribal Art - Calabash Pipe, Lula People, D.R. Congo

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Chief's calabash pipe
Lula People, D.R. Congo
Gourd, iron studs
10.5" (26.7 cm) high by 23.25" (59 cm) in circumference
Early 20th century
Ex. private collection, New York, ex. Mr. Senga, Chief of Kabue Kakile Village

An animated calabash pipe with a shiny patina on the neck from much use, decorated with metal studs around the mouth and the central hole, which would have held a terracotta bowl for the tobacco. When used, it would be held horizontally by the crook of the neck.


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