First acquisition 2018
23 January 2018
From old Dutch possessions our museum bought a striking and remarkable old tobacco pipe from the Batak tribe. This Sumatran people have been making impressive brass smoking pipes for almost two centuries in a lost wax technique. Characteristic is that they are made up of several parts, connected with a wooden plug. The surface of the brass is always decorated with fine geometric patterns, supplemented with some engraving. This is also the case with this tobacco pipe. A special feature of this acquisition is the high age. This is evident from the original, rather understated way the decoration is executed and especially from the fine and attractive patina, result of decades of untouched storage.