Richard Bauman Collection of Smoking Pipes from Cameroon
While the Mathers Museum benefits greatly from object donors who live all around the country, at times local and IU community members provide significant—and beautiful—collections as well. Such is the case with the recent gift of an array of smoking pipes from Cameroon, in West Africa. Richard Bauman, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Folklore, of Anthropology, and of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, collected pipes of many different styles and materials. The photographs here illustrate a small number of the 35 pipes the museum received from Professor Bauman.
For contextual information about these pipes and the functions they serve in the cultures that created them, we are providing an essay researched and written by Ethan Miller who, as an Indiana University senior, completed an Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Internship at the museum in Summer 2017: Read Ethan's essay.