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Pipe (kiseru)

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Pipe (kiseru), n. d.
8 in. x 1/2 in. x 1/2 in. (20.32 cm x 1.27 cm x 1.27 cm)

Object Type: Tools
Technique: Carving
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Edward Nagel
Accession Number: 71.1.430

Reed and silver alloy, formed of carving, metalwork, and engraving.

Object Description
Pipe in 3 parts with metal bowl and mouthpiece parts, pieces fit together with no screw attachments. Bowl with bird relief and mouthpiece with animal relief including rabbit, cow, horse, deer and wolf. The animal symbolism engraved in the bowl and mouthpiece and pipe would be thought to bring prosperity, fecundity and fertility to its owner.

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