Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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tomahawk pipe
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • tomahawk pipe, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • wood, metal, brass tacks, cloth, leather, stamping
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 27 x 3 x 59 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 10 5/8 x 1 1/8 x 23 1/4 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1090

The metal blade has dots stamped around the perimeter and around the heart. The metal pipe bowl has a triangle shape that extends down onto the blade portion. The wooden handle has brass tacks in lines of five on either end. The mouthpiece end has twisted off-white fabric dangling through a loop on the underside.