Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pipe bowl and stem
  • Plains peoples
  • pipe bowl and stem, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: United States
  • catlinite, wood, quills, horse hair?, carving, dyeing, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a) 7.5 x 2.5 x 17 cm length includes both pieces of bowl
    Object Height/Width/Length: a) 2 15/16 x 1 x 6 11/16 in length includes both pieces of bowl
    Object Length/Width: b) 56 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: b) 22 1/16 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1108.a,b

The catlinite pipe bowl is undecorated (2007.1108.a). The tobacco bowl is 2/3 down the body, and the distal end has been broken off. The wooden pipe stem (2007.1108.b) is oval in cross-section. The section nearer the mouthpiece has been wrapped with braided quills, in bands of green, red, and orange, with purple spots. The end of the quill work, near the middle of the stem, may have had a lock of horse hair.