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19 th Century
Size : 12 cm long , 4¾ ins long
Traders from Europe first introduced tobacco to South Africa in the 16 th century and within 100 years it was grown , dried , prepared and smoked by nearly all of the black peoples of South Africa .
Carvers in the Eastern Cape modelled the form on the original Dutch and English 17 th century clay tavern pipes . Examples such as this rare treble bowl pipe would have been made as items of prestige . Pipes were signifiers of social status and were proudly displayed either in use or when carried as an important part of traditional tribal dress .
|Height||12.00 cm||(4.72 inches)|