Carved and Inlayed Spiral Pipe Stem
Arts of the Americas
Ash wood, lead
early 19th century
42 1/4 x 2 x 2 in. (107.3 x 5.1 x 5.1 cm) (show scale)
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Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund
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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
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(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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