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pipe
Date Made/Found: before 1947
Donor: Captain A. Yarrow
Material and Medium: wood, goat's hair, cane
Dimensions: Overall: 55 x 35 x 190mm (2 3/16 x 1 3/8 x 7 1/2in.)
Place Object Found: Nagaland
Accession Number: J1947.353
Tobacco pipe carved from white wood showing human face on bowl, six faces along stem on each side, three tassels of red goat's hair on each side of bowl, band of plaited cane near mouthpiece, and part of bowl and stem are painted black. Until the early 1900s, Naga warriors often took their enemies’ heads as trophies. Many Naga objects like such smoking pipe were decorated with images of human heads. The Naga people were known for excellent craftsmanship, particularly woodcarving. However, this is probably a souvenir item.
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