Tepi & Kuripe


This is a Tepi & Kuipe set.

The elephant represents Ganesha the elephant-headed Hindu god of beginning.
Ganesha, also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka, is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. Ganesha is a remover of obstacles.


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This artwork comes from a Brazilian friend from Sao Paulo. He is a regular Brazilian from the big city. During the years he has developed a unique style for the Tepi and kuripe he makes. The inspiration for his pieces comes from nature, animals, Indian spirituality. These pieces are all unique. Personally, I have not seen this style before and I am happy to present my friend’s work in my shop.


Bamboo is used for the pipe itself but also for the various structures shapes and forms. Some of the pieces are also plastered with cold porcelain and then shaped to their desired form. All the pieces are very detailed. Decorated with normal paint but also with a special paint that glows when exposed to black light. In Brazil, various groups do their ceremonies in the dark combined with blacklight. It is in this light where the extra magic of his pieces shows itself.

painted tepi and kuripe maker showing a painting

My artist friend from Sao Paulo


Tepi and Kuripe

Traditionally Rapé is administered through a pipe made out of bamboo or bone. The Tepi is a blowpipe that you can use to administer another person. When receiving Rapé the other blows it through both nostrils. In general, the shape of the Tepi is straight, curved or V-shaped. A different form is self-administration. For this, you use a Kuripe. The Kuripe has a V- shape and connects the mouth to the nostril. In this case, you blow the Rapé to yourself.

Tepis Receiving blessings from their creators