- Museum number
Smoking pipe/flute; carved of argillite; bowl in form of human head, bird sitting on stem; white metal band at either end of flute.
- Production date
Height: 26.50 centimetres
Width: 2.50 centimetres
Depth: 6 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Bragge "Biblioteca Nicotiana", p.163; section D.e., no.29. // Attached labels: (1) small semi-circular paper label, illegible, probably marked "De.29". (2) oblong paper label, printed blue shield border, "B 20" handwritten in ink. // Bragge identity lost at some point; subsequently re-registered as Q1972Am.65 "Found unnumbered"; re-identified in 1980s. (AMD,9/1998).
Three periods in argillite carving have been identified. The first, which lasted from 1820-1835 was dominated by the production of pipes carved with traditional Haida designs. The second overlapping period, from about 1830-1865 is dominated by the use of European and American motifs. Pipes, such as this one, were still the most prominent form, but other categories of object such as plates and figurines came to be made in argillite. The last period lasted from 1870-1910 and saw the virtual disappearance of pipes and the emergence of a host of new forms including model totem poles, houses, figures of shamans and a great variety of plates, platters and bowls.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1996 Feb-1998 Feb, Museum of Mankind, Treasures of the Collections
1980 Feb-1983 Aug, Museum of Mankind, Room 9; Art Made for Strangers: Haida Argillite Carving
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1882B14.29 (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Am1972,Q.65 (re-registered as, in error)