Meerschaum tobacco pipe, Paris, France, 1850-1915
The bowl of this tobacco pipe is carved from a material called meerschaum – a white coloured clay like mineral. Easy to carve, meerschaum bowls can be ornately decorated with faces or human figures. This particular example is decorated with the face of a bearded man. Shredded tobacco would have been placed in the bowl of the pipe, lit and the smoke inhaled through the amber mouthpiece.
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Glossary: meerschaum tobacco pipe