A Watercolour on Paper of a South African Xhosa Man Smoking his Pipe

A Watercolour on Paper of a South African Xhosa Man Smoking his Pipe

1800 to 1900 South Africa

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A Watercolour on Paper of a South African Xhosa Man Smoking his Pipe
Late 19th Century

Size : 26.5 cm high, 15 cm wide – 10½ ins high, 6 ins wide
The carving of pipes amongst the Zulu speaking peoples of South Africa represents an artistic use of form which is not found in other objects, despite other artefacts such as beadwork being of equal cultural and social importance.
Amongst smokers pipes were used as indicators of social status and in general men’s pipes had broader bowls which held more tobacco whilst women’s pipes had a smaller capacity. Smoking was an important communal activity, and a lit pipe would be shared within a group with each member having their own removable mouth piece.
Dimensions
Height 26.50 cm (10.43 inches)
Width 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
Stock Code
F097
Medium
Watercolour on Paper
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