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pipe bowl and stem
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • pipe bowl and stem, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • catlinite, ash wood, quills, silk ribbon, horse hair, sinew, carving, dyeing, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a) 11.5 x 3.5 x 22.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a) 4 1/2 x 1 3/8 x 8 7/8 in
    Object Length/Width: b) 68.5 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width: b) 26 15/16 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1105.a,b

This is a catlinite pipe bowl (2007.1105.a). The tobacco bowl is midway on the body, there is a ridge on either side of it, a heart at the junction, and two ridges on the actual bowl. The wooden pipe stem (2007.1105.b) is oval in cross-section. The end near the mouthpiece is wrapped with braided quills of white, orange, green and a black bar on either side. At the distal end of the quillwork, there is a lock of horse hair bound to the stem with sinew which was wrapped with silk ribbon.