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Silver Pipe of Lawa Hill Tribe People

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1980: item # 945150

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Silver Pipe of Lawa Hill Tribe People
This silver and clay pipe is from a Lawa tribal group living in northern Thailand. (For Lawa pipes similar to this one, see “Peoples of the Golden Triangle,” by Paul and Elaine Lewis, Thames and Hudson, 1998, p. 66.) The Lawa, also called Lua or Wa/Lawa, are a lowland people, one of the smaller tribal groups among the hill tribes of Thailand, Burma and Laos. The black clay bowl on this pipe is in pristine condition, suggesting it replaced earlier bowls that were affixed to the old curved silver stem. Silver wire is wrapped around the stem in three places. This piece is from the late 20th century. It measures 10 ˝” (26.7 cm) in length.

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