19 May 2019
The specialist collector of ethnographic art Gi Mateusen has been living in Turnhout, Belgium for many years. From his broad interest in African cultures, he brought together a fantastic ensemble of figured objects, such as fertility figurines, gold weights and especially combs. To make space, Mateusen decided to sell his pipes and tobacco-related objects. The purchase and transfer to our museum took place today. As a Belgian collector, he mainly owned items from the Congo. For our museum this purchase of about a hundred items is an important addition to the smoking equipment that we already have from African countries. The attached photo gives an impression of the unexpected variation in the richness of this collection.