pipe (narcotics & intoxicants: smoking)

Wooden pipe, with seven bowls, six straddling the stem in three pairs, the seventh at the end, in the shape of a man's head with a cap on. The stem and bowls are all in one piece.

For a similar seven-bowl figurative smoking-pipe possibly by the same hand, formerly in the possession of Entwistle (a London dealer) and now in the Brenthurst Collection, see Johannesburg Art Gallery (accession number JL-F-56) illustrated in Wanless (1991, p 142, fig 120) and Havran (1991, p 168, catalogue number 368). Referring to the JAG pipe, Ann Wanless states that pipes that depict animal and human forms or have multiple bowls ’represent an imaginative use of form which is rarely found in other aspects of the material culture of this area [the Eastern Cape]’ (Wanless, 1991, p 140). The pipe is anthropomorphic in the upright position, but when turned upside down it takes on a zoomorphic appearance. Reference: Wanless, 1991 Havran, 1991

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