Saturday, February 4, 2012

Mixed Mediums Pipe

Tobacco pipe in its original case on display in Gallery 533, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. 

Specific details are provided by the Museum: "Date: ca. 1740 Culture: South German Medium: Silver, deer antler, horn, leather Dimensions: L. of pipe: 15-1/4 in. (39.2 cm.); L. of case: 16-1/3 in. (41.2 cm.), W. 3-1/2 in. (8.5 cm.) Classification: Metalwork-Silver In Combination Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund, and Bequest of Irwin Untermyer and funds from various donors, by exchange, 2001 Accession Number: 2001.353a–c, A.D. 1600-1800."
This particular album includes pipes that exhibit more than one medium, e.g., meerschaum and horn, silver and ivory, porcelain with gold, etc. The combinations of materials were endless and unpredictable, because they were produced for any number of reasons: a special commemorative event to celebrate, a special/custom ...

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