Calabash gourds (usually with meerschaum or porcelain bowls set inside them) have long made prized pipes, but they are labour-intensive and, today, quite expensive. Because of this expense, pipes with bodies made of wood (usually mahogany) instead of gourd, but with the same classic shape, are sold as calabashes.
Meerschaum (hydrated magnesium silicate) is a mineral found in small shallow deposits mainly around the city of Eskişehir in central Turkey, is prized for the properties which allows it to be carved into finely detailed decorative and figural shapes. It has been used since the 17th century and, with clay pipes, represented the most common medium for pipes before the introduction of briar as the material of choice in the 19th century. The word "meerschaum" means "sea foam" in German, alluding to its natural white color and its surprisingly low weight.
In Inglourious BasterdsEdit
- The presence of the pipe in the scene is a reference to the fact that Landa has solved the case of the hiding family, as he is a "detective" for the Nazis.
- The literary character Sherlock Holmes is referred to at least twice in the film. The first reference is Landa's smoking pipe, which is a Calabash Meerschaum, the exact same one that Holmes used. The other is Landa's line, "A damn good detective. Finding people is my specialty."
Behind the scenesEdit
Quentin Tarantino explained in an interview, that the reason why Landa takes out his pipe is a an act of theatre (according to Waltz, Landa doesn't normally smoke a pipe) to the fact that he knows La Padite is lying.