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, beads, pigment, carving
  • Object Length/Width: 53.5 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width: 21 1/16 x 1 9/16 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1094

The wooden pipestem has a flattened oval cross-section. About half of the length, on the mouthpiece end, is wrapped with beads. The beaded portion is divided into three bars. The beaded decoration has a white field, with bands of dark blue and yellow, and red on the side bars. The middle bar has red triangles crossed by blue lines, and yellow crosses with blue outlines. There are two green rectangles where the three bars are joined together.