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    Peace pipe-bowl made of stone (catlinite), lead. Stone smoking pipe of red speckled catlinite. T-shaped. Large and heavy. Bowl is cylindrical -very slightly conical- with circular cross-section. Bowl is inlaid with white metal with images of horse, bell, eagle, thunderbird, butterfly, fly, bowler-hatted profile, crossed baseball bats and balls. Shaft has three sections: nearest stem has square cross-section and inlaid with white metal - inlay in complex designs: side shows buffalo and date "1860"; top shows two large cats; other side shows bear and puma; underside has "1900 JU6 (or L), J.K.". Next section of shaft has circular cross-section and is plain. Final section of shaft forward of bowl has hexagonal lozenge shaped cross-section inlaid with metal in grid design. Pipe appears used. Also has stem.


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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 25.3 centimetres
    • Height: 12 centimetres
    • Width: 4 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Label has following information: "N.America, N.Plains. Dakota (Sioux) from 'Blue Thunder'. Catlinite pipebowl with quill decorated stem."
    Register 1942:
    Yanktonai, Sioux, Dakota, North America.
    See ETHDOC 304 and BAE Annual Report 1882-3.

  • Bibliography

    • King 1977 p.23 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history


    1977 15 Dec-1978 30 Oct, Museum of Mankind, Room 9; Smoking Pipes of the North American Indian

  • Condition

    Fair to good

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  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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