Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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fish shaped pipe bowl
  • unknown Plains maker
  • fish shaped pipe bowl, late 1800s–1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • catlinite, carving, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 9 x 2 x 18.5 cm height is at tail fin
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3 1/2 x 3/4 x 7 1/4 in height is at tail fin
  • Transfer from Central College, Orville John and Evaline Dryer Green Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1128

The pipe bowl is carved in the shape of a fish, with incised detail. The mouth appears to have a piece of broken wood in it. The other opening, under the fish's tail, may have also had a connector. Neither of these openings appear to be the actual tobacco bowl.