X63.405 Pipe Bowl

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Pipe bowl
Bamum peoples, Cameroon
19th-20th century
Terra-cotta
X63.405; Gift of Mary Hastings Bradley.

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Pipes are among the prestige objects found in the treasuries of Cameroon kings and nobility. As with many other smaller royal objects, designs decorating pipes distinguish people of high rank and refer to specific qualities of successful rulers, including virility, knowledge, and authority.

Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006

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