Old pipe of animal without a head
The Maya Indian men, particularly those in the altiplano around the town of Nahuala, carve wooden items for their daily use. Pipes and hondas (slingshots) are the items most commonly encountered.
This very nicely-carved wooden pipe has a metal liner in the bowl. Overall length is 3 inches, height is 1.3 inches. The brown patina is very convincing, and the pipe looks genuinely old. There is also old-looking burned tobacco in the bowl, and the hole for the stem extends into the bowl. This was undoubtedly an actuallu-used pipe. The animal's head either was never there, or went missing long ago, because the patina is equally good on the area where the break would have occurred. Nevertheless, it is a very nice older example.