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Beer straw

Beer straw

purchased in 1970

The world's longest straw?

A pizza box arrived at the museum. When it was opened, this fragile curving element was found fitting neatly inside. It is an exquisite example of a straw unlike any other, meticulously made out of tiny wrapped reeds and quills. One end is hollow, while the other has a miniature basket for straining beer as you sip. The collector acquired it in Uganda in the 1970s and brought it back to Portland, Oregon where it sat well preserved in a pizza box for several decades.

Wood, bird quills, and reed
Gift of Lyn Pauley
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Untold Story, November 14, 2003 - November 14, 2004

The Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.