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Thai Elephant pipe

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Thai Elephant pipe

Unique Lanna Thai gray terra cotta pipe bowl from Chiang Mai, in the shape of an elephant’s head. Clay pipes are fairly ubiquitous archeological artifacts found throughout much of Southeast Asia and have been dated as far back as 12thCE Pagan, Burma. I can find no references of them being produced by any of the well documented Thai kiln sites, so in way these are quite enigmatic in that they seem to be everywhere but know one knows where they are from and also lends support to the theory that tobacco was smoked in SE Asia prior to its introduction to Europe from North America. Most of the pipes I have seen in the past have had geometric or what may be interpreted as abstract floral design this is the only elephant one I have run across. Significant chips to the base and mouth but still retains it’s “elephantness”, in my opinion, a very nice item. Conservatively I will date this over 200 years, L: 7.5cm/3in

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