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Pedi Mfengu Pipe Beaded Museum Exhibit South Africa Art

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Title Pedi Mfengu Pipe Beaded Museum Exhibit South Africa Art
Type of Object Artifact, household
Country of Origin South Africa. Lesotho
People Pedi; clan Emazizini; Pedi-Mfengu
Materials Wood, pewter, beads, button
Approximate Age 20th century (1950's)
Dimensions Pipe is 8 inches long; together with the extension : 13 inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Old cracks in both sides of bowl of pipe


Provenance: Owner : Diamini Family collected by Thembelihle Dube, South Africa


Exhibition: From a collection of African-made beads and beadwork -
                     Exhibited  at the South Dakota Art Museum in 2011



Additional Information: This Pedi pipe is very similar to those  attributed to their neighbors Zulu.


The present type of pipe is rare and very prestigious.  Its design is stunning. Marc Ginzberg (2000:125) describes the technique of creating the design of this kind of pipe as follows: "A pattern was carved into the hardwood surface of the bowl, molten lead was poured into the grooves, and the excess lead was removed with a blade. The stems were usually bored from both ends, and the bowl ends then plugged so cunningly that the hole can hardly be detected."These pipes were used to smoke tobacco. The tag attached to this pipe says that the present pipe was used by a man. For similar examples see Marc Ginzberg, AFRICAN FORMS, 2000, p. 125


I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.