Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pipe bowl and stem
  • unknown Ojibwe (Ojibwa) maker
  • pipe bowl and stem, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Northeastern United States
  • catlinite, wood, string, carving, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 7 x 3.5 x 15 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 2 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 5 7/8 in
    Object Length/Width: b 77 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width: b 30 5/16 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1084.a,b

This is an undecorated pipe bowl (2007.1084.a) except for a fin-like projection with three holes that projects the same direction as the bowl. The body of the pipe bowl has a pointed end. The pipe stem (2007.1084.b) is made of wood. The shaft of the stem, starting at the bowl end, is decorated with a carved bear, arm and tomahawk, flower, a green diamond surrounded by four flowers, a thin band of diagonal lines, eight circles in two longitudinal rows, a thin band of diagonal lines, a green diamond surrounded by four flowers and three bands of string, painted blue, yellow and red.