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Pipe Bowl of a Man Riding a Pig

Collected by the musuem in the early 1950s, it was most likely used during the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Museum of Ethnic Cultures, Minzu University of China

Museum of Ethnic Cultures, Minzu University of China

Except the Tau (Yami), all the other aboriginal tribes on Taiwan have adopted the habit of smoking, and all use pipes. Pipes were found in the prehistoric ruins, which is an evidence of the antiquity of the habit on Taiwan. Even today pipes are quite common among the ethnic groups in Taiwan. People usually use wood as the bowl, and bamboo as the tube. Pipes are usually decorated with motifs of people or animals. There is a slight difference between the pipes used by men and women: men’s tubes are about 10cm while women’s are over 20cm. This pipe’s tube was lost before it entered the museum’s collection.

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  • Title: Pipe Bowl of a Man Riding a Pig
  • Date: Collected by the musuem in the early 1950s, it was most likely used during the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Provenance: Museum of Ethnic Cultures, Minzu University of China
  • Object type: Daily Utensil
  • Ethnic group: Taiwanese Ethnic Minorities

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