- Museum number
Smoking pipe, carved with European-American figures, a dog and a house, made of argillite.
- Production date
Length: 35.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Two different series of motifs are found on Haida pipes. The first of these is derived directly from traditional Haida art and consists of representations of mythological beings and crests interpreted in the conventional manner of Northwest Coast carvings. the most common of the figures are humans, whales, frogs, ravens and other birds. Other creatures which appear include wolves dragonflies, beavers and mosquitos.
The second tradition, as shown in this example, consists of Haida interpretations of the European and American sailors, ships and objects which came to British Columbia. The two principle forms of pipe are the panel pipe, also used with traditional motifs, and copies of clay pipes to which are often added European figures.
The American and European motifs and designs include people, highly stylised ships, often with rigging, paddle wheels and cabins, and houses. Animals, such as horses with which the Haida were not previously familiar, were also used, as were floral motifs and designs from coins and labels. (This entry is based on text written for the 1980 ‘Art made for Strangers’ exhibition, and reflects scholarship at that time).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977-1978 15 Dec-30 Oct, Museum of Mankind, Room 9; Smoking Pipes of the North American Indian
1980-1983 Feb-Aug, Museum of Mankind, Room 9; Art Made for Strangers: Haida Argillite Carving
1996-1998 Feb-Feb, Museum of Mankind, Treasures of the Collections
1998 1 Mar-24 May, BM Room 35, BP Ethnography Showcase: The Return of the Museum of Mankind
2002-2008 Oct-Oct, The British Empire & Commonwealth Museum, Bristol, Permanent Gallery display
2011-2012, 6 Oct-19 Feb, British Museum, Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1882B14.22 (old CDMS no.)