Yes, this startlingly tiny, poster-child of the Zen āto (Zen art) school of pipe making is titled correctly – it is a reverse Calabash. As if creating a Nautilus, featuring a full reverse curl continuing all the way to the front of the bowl, wasn’t ambitious enough, Ping Zhan incorporates a Blowfish bowl – right down to a gorgeous center bevel and nicely offset twin side panels - AND, it’s a reverse Calabash.
Dynamic, ambitious, and challenging on a number of levels, the body of this Nautilus is also a reminder that complexity needn’t be an enemy of visual cohesion; there is a fine unity here to accompany all of that perfectly patterned grain. That said, due to the angle required to create a reverse-bash in this amiable aquatic, I find the angle and curve of the stem a touch problematic (pretty much vertical, so anticipate needing to handle much like a tiny Oom-Paul).
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Measurements & Other Details
Length: 3.94 in./100.08 mm.
Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
Bowl Height: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
Chamber Depth: 1.29 in./32.77 mm.
Chamber Diameter: 0.71 in./18.03 mm.
Outside Diameter: 1.35 in./34.29 mm.
Stem Material: Vulcanite
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