Mekka Cardboard Tobacco Box

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Identifier

TBADC0008

Title

Mekka Cardboard Tobacco Box

Description

Red cardboard box depicting an Arab man smoking a tobacco pipe, he wears a white Arab robe with blue and gold detailing on it along with a headscarf. This box was used to contain 50g of Oriental mix tobacco. Created by Cruwell-Tabak. The word "Mekka" is located next to the Arab figure in large yellow font along with the words "capochiert... milder feinschnitt Orient mischung" in yellow, white, and black italic font. The term "capochiert" is purely an advertising statement, which means that only the tips of the leaf (caput, the head) have been processed. This indicates the high quality of the tobacco leaf.

Language

German

Creator

Gebr. Crüwell (Tabakfabrik)

Type

Cardboard Box

Source

The Black Archives

Format

Tobacco Box

Subject

Middle Eastern Man, Arab Man, Oriental Caricature

Coverage

Pipe, Robes, Tobacco, Keys, Building

Date

c.1965

Physical Dimensions

13x7.5x3

Country of Production

Germany

Place of Production

Bielefeld

Keywords

Tobacco, Advertising, Caricature, Orientalism

Rightholder

Geb. Cruwell

Archived By

Richard Weaver

Oral History

This object was included in the Documenta collection as a result of Richard using it to teach Basil how to archive the object collection. During this process, the tobacco case was attributed to the nearby city of Bielefeld in close proximity to Kassel.

Bibliography

https://rlp.museum-digital.de/object/71869; https://phebusmuzayede.com/15432-mekka-cruwell-tabak-karton-sigara-kutusu-12x7x3-cm.html

Citation

Gebr. Crüwell (Tabakfabrik), “Mekka Cardboard Tobacco Box,” The Black Archives, accessed August 12, 2022, https://collection.theblackarchives.nl/items/show/3553.
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