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Object description

  • Probably Tlingit artist
  • Pipe, 19th century
  • Wood, brass
  • Alaska, Northwest Coast, United States
  • L: 4 1/8 in, W: 2 1/4 in, D: 2 5/8 in (L: 10.5 cm, W: 5.7 cm, D: 6.7 cm)
  • Gift of Mr. Walter A. Newhall, 1908
  • E11873
  • Stylized representation of frog, possibly crest animal
  • Carved from a hardwood, possibly walnut from a musket

Tlingit people supplanted their native tobacco, which they chewed, with smoking tobacco, which they acquired through the fur trade in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A Tlingit carver likely made this smoking pipe from recycled trade musket parts - the gun's metal barrel and butt. The frog, resting on its belly, may represent the artist's family crest or account in clan history.

DESCRIPTION

This is a carved wooden pipe in the shape of a frog, with a stem hole at the rear and a brass shell case for a bowl in the center. Probably walnut wood, made from discarded muskets. The brass is from the gun barrel.

Exhibition History

  • Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997