Scabious Museum Night
5 November 2018
In the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, Museum Night Amsterdam had a somewhat erotic touch on 3 November 2018. Several examples of frivolous and scabrous depictions on smoking pipes are in our museum, some a little hidden. During the Museum Night, these special objects are extra highlighted. As a special attraction, a central showcase offered a peep show on two special pipes that were recently acquired. These are impressive tobacco pipes from the African Balumbo tribe from Gabon. Both pipes have a length of at least half a meter and show as decoration a more than life-size, wood-carved vulva. At the time such remarkable pipes were smoked as fertility symbols.