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2004/161/1 Bong (water pipe), witch design, ceramic / metal, maker unknown, c. 1980. Click to enlarge.

Ceramic bong in form of witch

Made c 1980

A bong is a device for smoking marihuana (cannabis), in which the smoke is cooled by bubbling it through a chamber of water. The smoking of marijuana (or cannabis) is becoming an increasingly common recreational pursuit in Australia. One way of enjoying the smoking of marihuana is to use a bong, or water pipe, which cools the smoke and may remove some impurities from it. Even though marijuana remains an illicit drug, many kinds of manufactured bong are freely available in specialty shops. They...


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Object Statement

Bong (water pipe), witch design, ceramic / metal, maker unknown, c. 1980

Physical Description

Bong (water pipe), witch design, ceramic / metal, maker unknown, c. 1980

This bong is a novelty witch figure made of ceramic glazed in colours of blue/black, white and green. The witch's squat body is the water bowl of the bong and her peaked hat is the mouthpiece. Under one arm is her familiar [a cat], her other hand holds the bong's metal pipe where the cone would fit. There is a hole at the back below the hat brim. No marks.



200 mm



c 1980


Maker unknown



Lilyfield, Sydney 1982 - 1986


According to the donor, this bong was owned by a flatmate, a nurse who smoked regularly. She was from the North Coast of NSW but shared a house at Lilyfield (a Sydney suburb) with the donor and another person from around 1982 to 1986. When she moved out it was left behind in the shed with other belongings for many years. It was only rediscovered by the donor during a cleanout in 2000.


Credit Line

Anonymous gift, 2004

Acquisition Date

28 November 2004

Cite this Object


Ceramic bong in form of witch 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 6 April 2020, <>


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