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The two-branched stems attached to the pipe bowl lined with metal the long shaft tapering to a carved human foot
Old silky smooth patina
Size: 72cm long, 12cm wide, 28¼ ins long, 4¾ ins wide
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 8, item no. 20, for three South African Xhosa pipes
Xhosa pipes with long stems were generally used by women and indicated some degree of status. Non-figurative pipes are thought to pre-date figurative ones, with those made in the Eastern Cape often having a humorous twist in their design. The pipes artistic aesthetic expressed in its craftsmanship helped to reinforce the belief that tobacco was directly associated with generous and powerful ancestral spirits, as well as living individuals of high status.