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Object description

  • Inunaina (Arapaho) artist
  • Pipe tomahawk, before 1887
  • Iron, wood, brass, wool
  • Southern Great Plains, United States
  • L: 21 1/2 in, W: 8 in, D: 1 1/16 in (L: 54.6 cm, W: 20.3 cm, D: 2.7 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 1887
  • E1916


This is a tomahawk pipe with a forged iron head, a wooden handle and leather and wool sash. The catalog card indicates that the head was made by a Crow blacksmith out of a horse shoe. The blade is on one end and the pipe bowl is on the opposite end. The head is ornamented with etched crosshatching designs. There are brass tacks spiraling down the length of the wooden haft. There is a beaded and fringed leather handle at the end of the shaft and is connected to a 24 inch long red wool and leather beaded sash. The leather is decorated with pink, red, white, blue, green and yellow glass beadwork in a geometric pattern and the red wool has a black wool trim around the edge.