Caved meerschaum pipe, Vienna, Austria, 1871-1890

Made:
1871-1890 in Vienna

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Finely carved meerschaum tobacco pipe with bowl in the form of a negro's head, with wide brimmed basketwork hat and bowtie, amber mouthpiece, Carl Hiess, maker, Vienna, Austria, 1871-1890

This pipe is decorated with the face of a black man of African descent, wearing a basketwork hat and a bow-tie. This type of decoration was common due to the fact that from the 1600slarge numbers of Africans were enslaved in order to work on tobacco plantations in the southern United States.

The pipe is made from a material called meerschaum, a white coloured clay like mineral. It can be ornately carved to produce highly decorated pipe bowls, often with faces or human figures. The mouthpiece is made from amber.

Details

Category:
Smoking
Object Number:
A49442
Materials:
case, leather, case, silk, lining, case, velvet, case, wood, meerschaum, mouthpiece, amber
type:
meerschaum tobacco pipe
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • pipe - smoking equipment
  • tobacco pipe
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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