pipe (narcotics & intoxicants: smoking)

A wooden pipe with a cylindrical bowl that is set at an angle to stem. The bowl is bound at tip with brass bands and lined with iron. The stem is bound with coils of copper wire.

This tobacco smoking-pipe is carved out of a single piece of wood. The length of its stem suggests that it formerly belonged to an older man or woman, as long stemmed pipes were the preserve of elders. The pipe appears to be missing its separable mouthpiece, which would have been inserted into the flanged end of the pipe-stem. Having had direct contact with its owner’s body, and therefore containing something of their spiritual essence, the mouthpiece would not have been parted with easily. See Shaw, 1938.

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