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Bijlmer

Collection name:  Bijlmer
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Accession number: LIVNP 2009.14

The collection is derived from amateur excavations of the Bijlmer Dyke, which is an earthwork that surrounded Bijlmer Meer. The dyke was constructed of earth and topped up on a regular basis by rubbish from Amsterdam to the north. This process continued until the end of the nineteenth century when the Meer was drained. The excavations appear to have consisted of a series of trench sections carried out from the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s in advance of the development of the area as a domestic suburb of the City. Apart from a number of finds labels there is no surviving documentation of the position of the trenches or of the associated finds which have been disbursed. The pipe clay items from the site were sold to the Pijpenkabinet, in the Netherlands by the widow of the finder who retained ‘a few pieces’. The Pijpenkabinet removed a further 22 items for its collection and the rest was acquired by the Archive in 2009.

The collection consists of some 11,000, which have not been subject to disturbance or ploughing, are generally in very good condition.  All of the major Dutch forms and types are represented including numbers of ‘Baroque’ and ‘Jonah’ pipes. At a conservative estimate there are some 7,000 stamped items in the collection. About half of the seventeenth-century collection is plain but the remainder of the whole assemblage is either decorated or stamped or both. There is also a small box of pipe clay figurines and another of finds of porcelain pipes. There are a number of sub-sets of decorated stems lacking bowls, but plain pipe stems were not collected.

fiddler cupid fisherman
The "Fiddler" "Cupid" The "Fisherman"

Key words: Bijlmer, Amsterdam, baroque, jonah, figurines,

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