Brass pipe with a figurative bowl in the shape of a human head.
The pipe's bowl is a human face, styled with European physical characteristics. The face smokes a smaller pipe, meant to be a humurous allusion to an infinite series commenting on the plasticity of social relationships and universals of human experience. The pipe smokes a pipe, which may be thought of as smoking an even smaller pipe and so on. Similarly, the pipesmoker may be unknowingly being smoked, and so on.
dated and signed recto in pencil on mount "1937 A Kertesz"
19.37 cm x 23.02 cm (7 5/8 in. x 9 1/16 in.)
A wooden planked wall with a circular metal fan cut into it. There is a man's arm coming from the opposite side of the wall through the fan (that is not turning). His sleeve is rolled up past his elbow.