Object photography

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Object description

  • Haida artist
  • Pipe, about 1842
  • Wood, glass, pigment, stone
  • British Columbia, Pacific Northwest Coast, Canada
  • L: 17 1/8 in, W: 1 1/2 in, D: 3 in (L: 43.5 cm, W: 3.8 cm, D: 7.6 cm)
  • Gift of Captain Isaac Needham Chapman, 1849
  • E3492
  • Artist was influenced by the many sailing ships Northwest Coast tribal people saw during this timeframe
  • Likely acquired at the mouth of the Columbia River on one of the donor's many voyages there

In the 1820s, Haida artists began selling pipes carved from argillite (a dense, shale-like stone) to seamen and other travelers. These pipes depicted intertwined Haida cosmic beings. About a decade later, Haida's preferred subject was European sailing ships, detailed or stylized. A unique subset of these ship pipes were made from wood, as in this stellar example that features two model houses with inset glass windows, a chimney, a fantastic four-legged animal at the bow (possibly inspired by ship figureheads), and plants.