Carved wooden pipe bowl, Europe, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Top - bottom. A14527, Large pipe bowl, carved, wood, 19th century, Czechoslovakian or Yugoslavian. A14868, Large wooden
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Large pipe bowl, carved, wood, 19th century, Czechoslovakian or Yugoslavian

The word 'nazdar' has been carved into the wooden tobacco pipe bowl. This is an informal greeting in the Czech language, so the bowl is thought to originate from either what is now the Czech Republic or Slovakia or perhaps even the former Yugoslavia (modern day Serbia and Montenegro).

Tobacco pipe bowls come in a range of designs, from the simple to, as here, the highly extravagant. Such outlandish and impractical bowls are likely to have been given as gifts or perhaps as souvenirs. (Pictured here with two other tobacco pipe bowls, A14868 and A26495).

Details

Category:
Smoking
Object Number:
A14527
Materials:
bowl, wood, covers, brass
type:
tobacco pipe bowl
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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