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Carved and Inlayed Spiral Pipe Stem

Arts of the Americas

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Visions and Myths of a Nation, 1800–1890
The Jarvis Collection of Native American Plains Art

The articles in this case and the adjacent clothing case are some of the earliest and finest Eastern Plains pieces in existence. They were collected by Dr. Nathan Sturges Jarvis, a military surgeon stationed at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, between 1833 and 1836. He purchased some of the objects, while some may have been given in exchange for his medical services. These works display indigenous people’s ingenuity in combining trade materials such as cloth, metal, and glass beads with traditional hides, red pipestone, and porcupine and bird quills.
MEDIUM Ash wood, lead
DATES early 19th century
DIMENSIONS 42 1/4 x 2 x 2 in. (107.3 x 5.1 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
EXHIBITIONS
ACCESSION NUMBER 50.67.93
CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Eastern, Sioux (Native American). Carved and Inlayed Spiral Pipe Stem, early 19th century. Ash wood, lead, 42 1/4 x 2 x 2 in. (107.3 x 5.1 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.93. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 50.67.92_50.67.93_50.67.73.jpg)
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION (center in photograph)This ash wood pipe has the length carved in a spiral. Decorations along this are made with lead inlays; a fish appears inside one of the spiral curves, and the flat section on the end has four thunderbirds inlaid on one side and two buffalo heads and two animals (bears?) on the other side. The spiral section is further decorated with burn marks from a searing tool.
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Eastern, Sioux (Native American). <em>Carved and Inlayed Spiral Pipe Stem</em>, early 19th century. Ash wood, lead, 42 1/4 x 2 x 2 in. (107.3 x 5.1 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.93. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 50.67.92_50.67.93_50.67.73.jpg)