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Object Name: Pipe bowl
Culture: Bamum peoples
Place of Origin: Cameroon
Date/Era: 19th-20th century
Credit Line: Gift of Mary Hastings Bradley.
Accession Number: X63.405
Pipes are among the prestige objects found in the treasuries of Cameroon kings and nobility. As with many other smaller royal objects, designs decorating pipes distinguish people of high rank and refer to specific qualities of successful rulers, including virility, knowledge, and authority.
Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006