pipe (narcotics & intoxicants: smoking)

Man’s pipe, ongmabei. Bowl of bamboo with stem and mouthpiece of a thinner bamboo tube. Appears to be unused.

`A man’s pipe is called Ongmabei.’ `The bowl is made out of rasang bamboo (Bambusa Tulda) two years old.’ `The mouthpiece is made of a thin piece of ramaw bamboo (Melocanna bambusoides).’ Source: N.E.Parry 1932 The Lakhers London: Macmillan, p90. See description of pipe use in N.E.Parry 1932 The Lakhers London: Macmillan, p90-92. See line drawing illustration in N.E.Parry 1932 The Lakhers London: Macmillan p91 `Man’s pipe (Ongmabei)’

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