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.
- Object Number:
- case, leather, case, silk, lining, case, velvet, case, wood, meerschaum and mouthpiece, amber
- meerschaum tobacco pipe
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- pipe - smoking equipment
- tobacco pipe
Cite this page
We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.
Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero
Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence
Download catalogue entry as json
View manifest in IIIF viewer
Download manifest IIIF
Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.