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
  • wood, quills, feather, leather, bone, dyeing, carving, braiding
  • Object Length/Width: 52.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 20 5/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1102

This wooden pipe stem is oval in cross-section. The mouthpiece end is wrapped with braided quills, in bands of orange, white and purple. There is a significant amount of quillwork missing, the original extent indicated by the change in shape of the cross-section. There is a bundle of three brown and white feathers, with a bone bead at the base. The original point of attachment for the feather bundle is unknown.