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Nyangwa Pipe

Makonde peoples

Tanzania

Nyangwa Pipe, early-mid 20th century

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Wood, gourd, and ceramic

Dimensions: 8 × 9 in. (20.3 × 22.9 cm)

Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2018.62

The Makonde people of East Africa have a long history of trading tobacco.Smoking tobacco was considered to be a luxury, as pipes were only owned byvillage chiefs and priests. This finely carved anthropomorphic pipe is anexceptional example of a type of water pipe used among elite members ofMakonde society, who adopted the water pipe smoking method from easterntrading partners.

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