- Museum number
Ship pipe (with depiction of block and tackle and figures) made of argillite.
- Production date
Length: 42.50 centimetres
Width: 7 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Bibliography for Haida Argillite Carvings all from the Centre for Anthropology library, British Museum
Indian Art in pipestone; George Catlin’s portfolio in the British Museum
George Catlin 1796-1872
KUB [Cat-] M13875,
19thc Haida argillite pipe carvers; stylistic attributions
Robin Kathleen Wright
KUB [WRI-] V.1, M13198
KUB [WRI-] V.2, M45832
Northern Haida master carvers
Robin Kathleen Wright
KUB [WRI-], M40051
Haida Carvers in argillite
Charles Marius Barbeau
Guide to the Loan Collections of objects connected with the use of tobacco and other narcotics
William Bragge 
pKGU [EDI-] , M24759
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 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
1976-1977 7 Oct-16 Jan, London, The Hayward Gallery
1977 16 Apr-19 Jun, Kansas City, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Sacred Circles: 2,000 Years of North American Indian Art
1977 15 Dec-1978 30 Oct, Museum of Mankind, Room 9; Smoking Pipes of the North American Indian
1980 Feb-1983 Aug, Museum of Mankind, Room 9; Art Made for Strangers: Haida Argillite Carving
1996 Feb-1998 Feb, Museum of Mankind, Treasures of the Collections
- Acquisition notes
- Acquisition details unknown.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 37.4-8.1 (Object list for "Art Made for Strangers: Haida Argillite Carving" exhibition)
Miscellaneous number: Am1972,Q.63 (Query accession number)