Albania, Tirana. 1940s
Wood, paint, turning,
Gift to I. V. Stalin for the 70th anniversary of his birth from the cooperative of carpenters of Tirana.
The shape of the pipe is “Turkish”. The pipe with a long chibouk is made of fruit wood, most likely cherry wood. The cup and chibouk are richly ornamented with stylized images of a snake – the patroness of the house. This is a favorite motif of the national Albanian folklore. The pipe demonstrates skillful wood carving, as well as patterns and paintings created by folk craftsmen, the richest in form and rhythm.