The elongated stem of this Zulu pipe has been beautifully decorated with early glass beads, which have been arranged into patterns of beaded bands. Alternations of translucent late 19th Century red (white heart), blue, white and black beads embellish the entirety of the long stem, leaving only the carved wooden mouthpiece and head exposed. Affixed to the stem of the pipe are two twisted strands of beads in the same colours, which would have possibly served as a handle for carrying the pipe.
Length of Pipe: 31.5cm
Height of Pipe: 8.5cm
Custom Mount - Width: 35.5cm, Height: 12.5cm
Estimated Period: Late 19th/Early 20th Century
Ex Private Collection, UK
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