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German Gesteckpfeife style tobacco pipe and porcelain bowl with an antisemitic image

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.115 a-b

German Gesteckpfeife (arranged pipe) style tobacco pipe with its accompanying bowl. This style of pipe is also known as a Jaeger Pipe, German hunter pipe, German Porcelain pipe, Tyrolean pipe, and Wine Pipe. The tobacco was packed in the porcelain bowl which was then placed in the reservoir (or abguss) of the pipe. The reservoir acted as a retainer for the juices and tar, and sometimes wine was placed in the reservoir to flavor the smoke. This style of pipe was popular in Central Europe from the 18th to the early 20th centuries and was most commonly associated with Germanic culture. The bowls that accompanied these types of pipes were often decorated with elaborate images or coats of arms. The italicized text (an idiomatic phrase loosely translated as “Moses stop! The horse is exhausted”) and image on the bowl reference the stereotype that there is a problematic relationship between Jews and horses. This stereotype sought to feminize Jewish men and minimize their social status by separating them from masculine and socially respectable nineteenth century activities, such as foxhunting on horseback and military service in the cavalry. This stereotype also perpetuated the myth that Jews refused to engage in rural occupations such as farming by disassociating them with horses, a common farm animal. This tobacco pipe is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

manufacture:  1850-1940
manufacture: Germany
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2020-09-17 10:43:31
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