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A superb Bamum anthropomorphic chief's pipe

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920: item # 1209005

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michael cichon tribal arts
P.O. Box 5919
Bradenton, FL 34281

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$2,400.00...further provenance on request

A superb Bamum anthropomorphic chief's pipe
The importation of tobacco from the Americas into Africa occurred in the late 16th century CE. From that time onward, appropriate to the owner's social station, the art of the pipe flourished. In the Grasslands of Cameroon, where this pipe originates, decoration was regulated by strict codes. Only the highest ranking individuals were allowed to possess pipes with anthropomorphic imagery, as found on this exquisite example. Measuring 15"L x 5"H at the bowl, this ivory, terracotta, and metal pipe comes from the prestigious Alfred Dunhill Collection, London, England, 1920's.

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