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Bamun Pipe Bulbous Cheeks Clay Tobacco Cameroon Africa

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Title Bamun Pipe Bulbous Cheeks Clay Tobacco Cameroon Africa
Type of Object Tobacco Pipe
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Bamun probably
Materials Clay, wood, metal sheeting (unknown metal content)
Approximate Age Unknown, probably Second half 20th century
Dimensions Height: 16.5 Inches
Width: 3.5 Inches
Depth: 3.5 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 chipped surfaces, some stains. shaft is clogged

 Additional Information: An elaborate tobacco pipe bowl made out of clay and decorated with a human face modeled in the style close to that of the Bamun from Cameroon.  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.