Xhosa Pipe - South Africa

Social interaction among the Xhosa, even between complete strangers, was always centered around asking for a pipe of tobacco, or ingxawa, and smoking together. Pipes such as this example, masterfully carved and carefully worked with a wealth of refined details, would have given all the more joy and pleasure to such meetings. Magnificent silvery inlay – a rich counterpoint to the warm wood – has been applied in sawtooth panels to emphasize and adorn the pipe’s many curved surfaces and focal points, including the small, rounded bosses.

Late 19th century
5 1/8” l 2 3/8” h
Wood, metal
Provenance: Dave DeRoche, San Francisco; Kevin Conru, Brussels
Published in The Art of Southeast Africa, Kevin Conru, plate 31c
#480
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