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Terra Cotta Elephant Pipe

Terra Cotta Elephant Pipe


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Ceramics: Pre 1800: Item # 1385804

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Unique Lanna Thai excavated 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 the “Golden Triangle” 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. This is the only elephant head pipe I have ever seen. Significant chips to the base and mouth but still retains it’s “elephantness”, in my opinion, a very nice item that still may be used as a chillum. Conservatively I will date this over 200 years, L: 7.5cm/3in. Free shipping via Hong Registered Airmail.