Quirky and rare ensemble of seven tobacco pipes from the Lawai ethnic group of Southern Laos,(please read the notes under enlargements for description of materials on each piece). The simple bamboo ones are used by the women of this group while the more ornate ones are used by the men. Although old pottery pipes of Burmese/Thai/Khmer origin are fairly common, these are the first in this clay I have ever run across. Three of the ceramic ones are Yixing wares from Jiangsu, China, which were renowned for making opium bowls that were exported throughout Southeast Asia, so these were made as trade goods only targeting this particular ethnic group. These are circa 19th century, please note the scale in enlargements is in centimeters.