Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pipe bowl
  • unknown Plains maker
  • pipe bowl, late 1800s–1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • catlinite, carving, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 10.5 x 3.5 x 14 cm length is top of bowl to end of fin
    Object Height/Width/Length: 4 1/8 x 1 3/8 x 5 1/2 in length is top of bowl to end of fin
  • Transfer from Central College, Orville John and Evaline Dryer Green Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1127

The pipe bowl has an overall 45 degree angle shape. The tobacco bowl is square in cross section, with incised overlapping semicircles on the front and a solid oblique band on the side, flanked by incised texture. The "fin" projecting down from the bowl has an incised design, reminiscent of a cocoon. The angled portion that attaches to the stem has a vaguely floral design incised longitudinally.