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Bamun Pipe Bowl Clay Smiling Face Tobacco Cameroon Africa

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Title Bamun Pipe Bowl Clay Smiling Face Tobacco Cameroon Africa
Type of Object Tobacco Pipe
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Bamun probably
Materials Clay
Approximate Age Unknown, probably Second half 20th century
Dimensions Height: 4.5 Inches
Width: 3.5 Inches
Overall Condition fair to good
Damage/Repair dirty, some small chips and cracks


 Additional Information: An elaborate tobacco pipe bowl made out of clay and decorated with a smiling human face.  Elaborate pipes such as this are common among the Bamun and their neighbors and are prestige objects used by the King Fon and his dignitaries. Its form and designs are shared by  various ethnic groups in Cameroon.


West African pipes come in a variety of forms: simple with geometric motifs, symbolic with human and animal images. They decorate their pipes with geometric patterns. Many other pipes are made out from wood and come in variety of symbolic (human and animal) forms. Chiefs' pipes are somehow the most decorated ones. They are used by men and women to smoke tobacco. Tobacco grown in the Americas was smoked as early as the middle of the 17th century with smoking pipes based upon European models.