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Origin of Trader Vic coffee grog mug
Formikahini
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From: Houston, Texotica
Posted: 2012-07-15 9:09 pm   Permalink

We all know the Trader Vic's coffee grog mug - the "only female tiki mug" (it's said).

(Not my mug - from an eBay auction)

I saw today, in a booth that sells African art, a bowl-like head with a long handle that looked like a pipe (but isn't).


Gotta be from some same earlier source, no? Any clues, anyone, from what country this is? (The dealer wasn't present.)
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-07-15 10:57 pm   Permalink

This seems like a closer match:



 
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Formikahini
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Posted: 2012-07-16 08:15 am   Permalink

Beautiful piece, Sven!
It does look like both the TV mug and the pipe/bowl thing I found were from this idea and probably this region (the Congo).

Do you suppose Vic's mug maker copied this exact piece?
Where is it currently?
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-07-16 08:47 am   Permalink

Don't know its location, but if you hold them next to each other, they are not an exact match. One can assume that other authentic head-shaped cups by the Kuba exist, so maybe there is one closer to the Vic design. Also, the mug maker could have used artistic license and simplified his design.

I always liked the clear copyright under the Vic mug:



 
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Formikahini
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Posted: 2012-07-16 09:09 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-07-16 08:47, bigbrotiki wrote:
I always liked the clear copyright under the Vic mug:


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