Object photography

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Object description

  • Plains artist
  • Pipe, before 1945
  • Catlinite, wood, leather, quill
  • Great Plains, United States
  • H: 3 1/8 in, W: 1 7/8 in, D: 2 1/2 in (H: 7.9 cm, W: 4.8 cm, D: 6.3 cm)
  • Gift of Mr. Edward S. Moseley, 1979
  • E28504.AB


This is a catlinite pipe with a long wooden pipe stem. The bowl is carved into an interesting oval shape, smooth, with decorative grooves. The sides of the bowl are a lighter shade of red than the rest of the object. The pipe stem is twisted into a spiral at the outer end. The stem has two diagonal stamps on the upper side. There is a decorative strip of leather with seven separate thongs that are wrapped in porcupine quills, dyed white, orange and blue.