Old Huge Masai (Maasai) Medicine Pipe – Kenya
Mid 20th century. Carved bone. Cm. 30,0 in length (11.81″). Weight: grams 835,6 (29.47 oz.). Nice patina.
These pipes are used by Maasai medicine man for burning of healing herbs. They come from the bones of animals who had died a natural death.
Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting central and southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. The Maasai speak a Nilo-Saharan language. They inhabit the African Great Lakes region and arrived via the South Sudan. Most Nilotic speakers in the area, including the Maasai, the Samburu and the Kalenjin, are pastoralists, and are famous for their fearsome reputations as warriors and cattle-rustlers.
The Maasai and other groups in East Africa have adopted customs and practices from neighboring Cushitic-speaking groups, including the age set system of social organization, circumcision, and vocabulary terms.
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