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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Wooden tobacco pipe bowl [a], & stem [b]; the body of the bowl, of roughly oval horizontal cross section is carved with two human figures, hands under the arm pits on one side, hands up on the other, surmounted with a double headed serpent of Sisuitl type. The whole is set on a double headed frog. The frog's eyes, the Sisuitl's eyes, and body, and one of the human's chest, are inlaid with California haliotis, some of which is missing. The bowl itself is formed from a section of musket barrel, of steel [?], and the stem is a loose twig, which may be a later addition to the artefact. The boldness and simplicity of the carving style suggest that this is from the southern Northwest Coast, perhaps Vancouver Island. The stem-hole is in the edge of the bowl. On the base is a small printed label '3', a pre-acquisition label of the collector, Comrie.


  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1820-1865
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 12 centimetres
    • Length: 17 centimetres
    • Width: 4.25 centimetres
    • Depth: 3.25 inches (iron lining from bowl)
    • Diameter: 0.75 centimetres (iron lining from bowl)
    • Height: 1.25 inches (iron lining from bowl)
    • Length: 6.5 centimetres (Bragge catalogue)
  • Curator's comments

    Additional description etc. by JCK, 20/6/95.

    The collection as a whole was obtained by Comrie while working along the Northwest Coast, during the 1860s, as Medical Officer on HMS Sparrowhawk.

  • Bibliography

    • King 1977 p.61 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

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

  • Condition


  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 3 (Pre-accession Comrie collection number.)
    • Am1870C0803.80 (CDMS reference to Christy 'Additions' Temporary Register)
    • Am1870C1.6765 (old CDMS no.)


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