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unknown Bamileke

Ki (Smoking Pipe) with Stem

19th century
Sculpted and fired terracotta

14 9/16 in. x 3 15/16 in. (37 cm x 10 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.40
Other Number(s): 99.5.113 (Incorrect Accession No.)
82-16 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Cameroon, West Region Cameroon
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Personal Gear; Smoking & Recreational Drug Equipment
Culture/Nationality: Bamileke, Cameroonian, Central African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Bamileke
  • Cameroonian - Style and culture of the nation of Cameroon, lying at the junction of western and central Africa.
  • Central African - Styles and cultures from a wide region of Africa that straddles the Equator and is drained largely by the Congo River system.
  • clay - Naturally occurring sediments that are produced by chemical actions resulting during the weathering of rocks. Clays are composed of hydrated aluminum silicates, such as Kaolinite, Illite, Palygorskite, Attapulgite, Bentonite, and Montmorillonite. Small amounts of other minerals can change the color (white, yellow, brown or red) and texture of the clays. Clays may include all earths that form a paste with water and harden when heated.
  • pipe bowls - The rounded ends of tobacco smoking pipes. These are often found as separate components during archeological excavations.
  • pipes - Devices consisting of a tube with a bowl at one end and a mouthpiece at the other; used for smoking tobacco, opium, and other substances.
  • terracotta - A baked or semi-fired material that is usually a mixture of clay, grog, and water; it has been used for pottery, statuettes, lamps, roof tiles, and cornices since ancient times. It may be glazed prior to firing. To produce an item, terracotta is molded or shaped, dried for several days then fired to at least 600 C. It is fireproof, lighter in weight than stone, and usually brownish red in color.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • African Images, Western Imageries: Collecting and Recollecting African Bryn Mawr College , Sep 26, 1999 – Jun 15, 2000

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 07/18/1991

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Paul Gebauer, "Cameroon Tobacco Pipes." African Arts 5, no. 2 (Winter 1972): 29, 34, Figure Number: 18-19.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Paul Gebauer, "Cameroon Tobacco Pipes." African Arts 5, no. 2 (Winter 1972): 28-35.
  • Paul Gebauer, Art of Cameroon (Portland, Oregon and New York, New York: Portland Art Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979), 249-253, 343-353.
  • Tamara Northern, The Sign of the Leopard : Beaded Art of Cameroon : a Loan Exhibition from the Cameroon Collections of the Linden-Museum Stuttgard (Connecticut: Storrs : William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, 1975), 102-114, 124-125.
  • "ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA." (Accessed May 10, 2020):
  • Jonathan Fine, "Selling Authenticity in the Bamum Kingdom in 1929–1930." African Arts 49, no. 2 (Summer 2016):

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