Object photography

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Object description

  • Haida artist
  • Pipe, 1820s
  • Slate
  • Pacific Northwest Coast, Canada
  • L: 4 in, W: 1 in, D: 3 1/4 in (L: 10.2 cm, W: 2.5 cm, D: 8.3 cm)
  • Gift of John Coffin Jones, 1830
  • E3494


East India Marine Society Collection


The dominant figure, a bear, grasps the rim of the pipe bowl, its left forearm encircled by a rope wristlet. Facing the bear is a bird, possibly a raven. Back to back with the bird is a human figure whose pursed lips function as the pipe stem hole. There are two additional human figures, and the cylindrical part of the bowl is decorated with lanceolate leaves similar to those of a tobacco plant. Further Remarks: The Haida and Tlingit people traditionaly used such a pipe for smoking tobacco during funeral feasts and as a means of communicating with revered ancestors and deceased family members.

Exhibition History

  • Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art from the Peabody Essex Museum, Washington State Historical Society; October 11, 2005 through February 09, 2006