Tobacco pipes made of ivory
29 March 2021
Few materials are rarer than ivory to make tobacco pipes. That has made them highly sought after and extremely exclusive since the eighteenth century. Understandable that you don't see them often, because this hard dental material is difficult to work with and actually not very suitable for the smoker who wants to enjoy it comfortably. Curator Don Duco has taken six ivory pipes from our rich museum collection and studied them from the material and the books. This provides a new view on these rare pipes. Read the article to discover everything about the design, the ways of production and the dating of these artistic and desirable little works of art.