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Hemp (Cannabis) was being
smoked in southern Africa prior to
van Riebeeck's 1652 arrival in the
Cape. The Hottentots called it
dagga. It is assumed that hemp
arrived in the region from Asia
through Arab east coast trade.
Tobacco was introduced to Africa
from the Americas by the
Portuguese between the 15th and
16th Centuries. It became
widespread in the Transkei -
Eastern Cape - by European
migration into their country. Hemp
was suppressed while tobacco and
beads were highly traded. From
contact and trade, variations of pipes
Zulu hemp pipe - South Africa
Tin bowl liner. Length 20 cm. Height of bowl 8.5 cm.
From the Johnny Long collection - UK603Hon
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From Left: Zulu hemp pipe - South Africa; pair of West Africa Gourd pipes; bronze long
pipe with bronze antelope fittings; Luba ceremonial pipe (woman) from Congo;
pictured here with a Zulu battle axe.
From the Johnny Long collection - UK603Hon