Tobacco pipe carved with head of a young woman, Europe, 1810-1840
The young woman’s headdress can removed to place shredded tobacco into the bowl, which would then be lit and the smoke inhaled through the flexible tube stem and horn mouthpiece. The bowl is carved from meerschaum, a versatile clay like material. It is thought that the woman pictured may be Napoleon I’s wife, Josephine (1763-1814). Josephine married Napoleon in 1796, and was Empress of France from 1804 until her divorce in 1809.
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A practice where a substance, most commonly tobacco is burned and the smoke inhaled. It is currently practiced by over one billion people worldwide (2008)
Glossary: tobacco pipe