Object photography

Click image to enlarge +

Object description

  • Anishinaabe (Chippewa/Ojibwa) artist
  • Pipe bowl, 1760-1779
  • Stone, mineral, quill, leather
  • Great Lakes, North America
  • L: 3 3/4 in, W: 1 3/4 in, D: 2 1/2 in (L: 9.5 cm, W: 4.4 cm, D: 6.3 cm)
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Moseley, 1981
  • E68211
  • Many Native stone pipes explore relationships between the human, animal, and spirit worlds
  • Mid-19th century pipes are rarely attributed to a specific artist

This pipe's carved bowl likely represents an otter, which would face the smoker during use. The smoker and the otter would have been engaged in a spiritual dialogue as the smoker offered thanks to the Creator and perhaps to the otter as spirit helper. Because the pipe's stone, catlinite, was quarried well over 1,000 miles away, it may have been acquired as a completed artwork.