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pipe bowl and stem
  • unknown Ojibwe (Ojibwa) maker
  • pipe bowl and stem, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Turtle Mountain (Belcourt), North Dakota, United States
  • black pipestone, wood, fur, strng, yarn, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a) 8.5 x 3 x 15 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a) 3 3/8 x 1 3/16 x 5 7/8 in
    Object Length/Width: b) 46 x 4 cm width does not include fur
    Object Length/Width: b) 18 1/8 x 1 9/16 in width does not include fur
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1111.a,b

The pipe bowl (2007.1111.a) has a cube at the proximal attachment, and a cylindrical body, with the tobacco bowl midway down the body. The wooden pipe stem (2007.1111.b) is oval in cross-section and has erratic red painted dots and black painted depressions. There is a band of fur, possibly beaver fur, and painted yarn wrapped mid-stem. The end that fits into the pipe bowl is wrapped with string for a tighter fit.