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Bowl of a Royal Pipe

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Artists in the Bamum and Bagam kingdoms of the Cameroon Grassfields created stunning objects using the lost-wax casting technique. Among them is this tobacco-pipe bowl in the form of an elephant's head, which boldly captures the animal's characteristic features. Two sets of enormous tusks...

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1958, sold by Mathias Komor (dealer), New York, to the father of the donor; 2000, year-end gift anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 24, 2001)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

African, Bamum or Bagam peoples, Cameroon, early 20th–late 20th century

Object Place

Western Grasslands, Cameroon


12 x 4 x 16 cm (4 13/16 x 1 11/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cire perdue casted bronze


Africa and Oceania


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