This is a very unique and unusual pipe holder/ashtray of carved wood. It appears to have been carved of one piece of wood. There is some cracking on this piece as it is very old and the hand grabbing the tail of the serpent has been repaired (priced accordingly, see photos). This is a very detailed piece of a man holding a sack on his back and crouching in his attempt to hold the weight. A snake/ serpent is climbing into the sack or basket and the serpent or snake is grabbing a stand in its mouth. The stand is upheld by a tribal looking figure. It is quite extraordinary.
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Carved wood pipe holder figurine serpent folk art