Museum number:

APM 22.265


prehistoric pipes


tobacco pipe


mythological figure


Tabakspijp van steen bestaande uit een sculptuur van een dierfiguur op vier voeten, om de nek een band met arceringen, een gestileerd gelaat met de mond ingelegd met tanden van schelp, op de rug een schld met twee armen en twee benen, aan de achterzijde resten van een pijpensteel van bot.


Period 0 - 200


GeneralHeight4.13 in (10.5 cm)
Width2.05 in (5.2 cm)
Length3.98 in (10.1 cm)
BowlHeight2.44 in (6.2 cm)
Width3.35 in (8.5 cm)
Pipe type stub stemmed pipe
Pipe shape figural
Materialsandstone? (stone)
Colouryellowish white
Other materialsshell (animal material)
Traces of use gerookt
ContinentSouth America
Region internationalCaribbean sea
Year 2016
Beschrijving Henry Nigst: Chinesco or Zacatecas stone pipe, shaped like a fully dressed lady carrying a load on her back.(with arms and legs, but no head)
The pipe bowl is formed in the 'backpack' and the bone tube stuck at about the level of the buttocks. The nubbin' feet below, are level enough to make the figure stand up independently. The whitish stone is very fine grained. Very special and rare is the tooth inlay of bone or ivory, and clearly marked with the individual teeth. The slit eyes, the long nose and bulgy cheeks are rarely seen and the finely carved hairdress enhances the roundness of the face. The crosshatched band over the chest probably represents the mecapal and lias (tumpline) normally worn over the forehead, to carry the load on the back.
The dress is typical of meso-american cultures, with a long huipil dress over which a quexquemitl shirt is worn.
The face is reminiscent of more northern styles, even eskimo., but there is no doubt about its origin from northern Jalisco/Zacatecas in Mexico, dating it possibly between 250 B.CE.-250 C.E.
Amsterdam, Amsterdam Pipe Museum, tentoonstelling "Aanwinsten 2016", 2 januari - 12 maart 2017, verlengd tot 30 juni 2017.

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