Object photography

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Object description

  • Native Alaskan artist
  • Pipe, before 1884
  • Wood, bone, iron, leather
  • Point Barrow, Alaska, Arctic, United States
  • L: 14 1/2 in, W: 1 in, D: 2 1/2 in (L: 36.8 cm, W: 2.5 cm, D: 6.3 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E3501


This is a pipe made from a wooden imitation tusk wrapped with a leather thong. The object has a bone mushroom shaped bowl lashed on to the front . A long dull iron horseshoe nail hangs by a thong, probably used as a packing tool for the tobacco.