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Canine Effigy Pipe Stem

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Wood, pigment, brass tacks, sinew, bird skin, blue jay feathers
DATES early 19th century
DIMENSIONS 26 in. (66 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund
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CAPTION Eastern, Sioux (Native American). Canine Effigy Pipe Stem, early 19th century. Wood, pigment, brass tacks, sinew, bird skin, blue jay feathers, 26 in. (66 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.85. Creative Commons-BY
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The original Jarvis (the collector) inscription reads "Indian pipe Uppo Miss." The pipe stem is carved in the shape of an animal. The snout looks too long on this for it to be a dog. Possibly a wolf, coyote or fox. Two brass tacks serve as eyes and the neck and lips are fire-decorated. There was originally some bone hair trim; a bird scalp and blue feathers still remain near the center. The stem is painted red and blue-green.
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