water pipes

Water pipe formed from a gourd. The gourd has a long straight stem, curving slightly towards the top and with a hole in the end. There is a spiral of brass and iron wire wrapped around the stem near the top. In the body of the gourd, there is a small hole in the side. A slim reed with one notch in the side, fits into this hole. Onto the top of this sits a small earthenware bowl.

There is an old display label with the object. Printed in black on white card which has been painted yellow, it reads: " Gourd, forming water-vessel and stem, with earthenware bowl. Arakan, Burma.

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