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A Bali earthenware smoking pipe

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A Bali earthenware smoking pipe
In the Cameroon grasslands, pipes were both status symbols and cult objects. During harvesting, clearing and planting times, pipe smoking was encouraged since smoke was believed to promote fertility. Anthropomorphic bowls were never for the common man, whether of metal or clay. Earthenware examples were made by hand-modeling the material, allowing it to dry in the sun, then further decorating the work with red camwood powder in the final firing. Many of these bowls, especially more elaborate and unwieldy types, were created by men for the western souvenir market. However, the simplicity of design and balance of form of this example places it earlier in the sequence of the pipe industry in the Cameroon grasslands region, ca. turn of the 19th/20th century. 9.25 in length and in very fine condition, overall. Showing much use and residue interior and exterior. Provenance: Bernd Ratz, Maulbronn, Germany, since the 1970's.

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