Bamboo smoking pipe. 3 nodes, one closed, herringbone pattern.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander tobacco pipe
History and use
Bamboo smoking pipes are found widely across New Guinea, the Torres Strait and North Queensland. Smoking pipes are called paip in Tok Pisin language. This paip was made in Sumaut Village on Kiwai Island, Papua New Guinea. It was collected during an expedition in New Guinea by the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia in July-October 1885, and acquired by the Queensland Museum in 1886.
This item was most recently on display in the exhibition 'Connections across the Coral Sea: A story of movement' at Museum of Tropical Queensland (2021-2022) and Queensland Museum (2022-2023).