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Object description

  • Sioux artist
  • Pipe, before 1945
  • Catlinite, wood, lead
  • Great Plains, North America
  • L: 47 1/2 in, W: 1 7/8 in, D: 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mr. Edward S. Moseley, 1979
  • E28557


This is a catlinite pipe bowl and wooden stem. The pipe is carved in the form of a horse head with decorative inlay of lead at both ends of the pipe. The front of the catlinite pipe bowl extends roughly four inches in front of the actual bowl, terminating in a circle with decorative lead inlay. About one third of the stone pipe has broken off. The long, flat pipe stem is also carved and depicts a snake and thunder bird on opposite ends, separated by four circular holes and five groups of three long linear holes.