Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pipe bowl and stem
  • Teddy Felix
  • pipe bowl and stem, 1970
  • Where object was made: Pipestone, Minnesota, United States
  • catlinite, wood, eagle feathers, fur, leather, bone, varnish, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a) 8.5 x 3 x 15 cm length includes both pieces of bowl
    Object Height/Width/Length: a) 3 3/8 x 1 3/16 x 5 7/8 in length includes both pieces of bowl
    Object Height/Width/Length: b) 26 x 4 x 56 cm height includes middle feather
    Object Height/Width/Length: b) 10 1/4 x 1 9/16 x 22 1/16 in height includes middle feather
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1103.a,b

This is a catlinite pipe bowl (2007.1103.a). The bowl sits about 1/2 the distance of the stone body. The proximal portion is squared with notches in the corners. A human head wearing a feathered headdress is attached with two wooden pegs. The actual bowl has a raised band near the opening. The pipe stem (2007.1103.b) is a varnished wood, with longitudinal ridges. Three bands of dark fur are wrapped around the stem, held with bands of black leather. Each strip of leather attaches to a dangling bone bead with a brown and white feather.