Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pipe stem
  • Plains peoples
  • pipe stem, late 1800s–1915
  • Where object was made: United States
  • ash wood, quills, silk ribbon, woodpecker scalp, dyeing, carving, braiding
  • Object Length/Width: 67.5 x 3.5 cm width does not include ribbons
    Object Length/Width: 26 9/16 x 1 3/8 in width does not include ribbons
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1099

This is a wooden pipestem, with braided quills wrapped around the stem in bands of white, purple and red. There are two green and one purple ribbon knotted around the stem, about mid-stem. There are remnants of feathered bands (woodpecker scalps) on either end of the quill decoration.