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Inlayed Pipe Bowl with Two Faces

Arts of the Americas

On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
This rare, double-faced pipe bowl would have had a wooden stem inserted for smoking. Descriptions from Sioux carvers at the time refer to this type of pipe as a reconciliation pipe, used to settle disputes. Alternatively, it may represent the supernatural Heyoka, an imaginary being of gigantic size who is thought to have two natures (one similar to that of humans, and one opposite) and two faces. When showing his contrary temperament, he laughs when humans would cry, is cold when they would be hot, and is merry when they would be sad.

Esta particular cazoleta con doble cara, tenía una boquilla de madera que se insertaba para fumar. Descripciones de talladores Sioux de la época se refieren a este tipo de pipa como pipa de la reconciliación, usada para resolver disputas. Alternativamente, puede representar al sobrenatural Heyoka, un ser imaginario de tamaño gigantesco quien se cree posee dos naturalezas (una similar a la de los humanos, y una opuesta) y dos caras. Cuando muestra su temperamento contrario, se ríe cuando los humanos lloran, tiene frio cuando ellos tienen calor, y está feliz cuando ellos están tristes.

MEDIUM Catlinite (pipestone), lead
DATES early 19th century
DIMENSIONS 3 x 5 x 3 in. (7.6 x 12.7 x 7.6 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS "Ornamented War Chief's Pipe (Sisseton Sioux)"
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund
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CAPTION Sisseton, Sioux (Native American). Inlayed Pipe Bowl with Two Faces, early 19th century. Catlinite (pipestone), lead, 3 x 5 x 3 in. (7.6 x 12.7 x 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.104. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE profile, 50.67.104_profile_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This thick set, red catlinite pipe is carved so that the actual bowl section, where tobacco would be inserted, is carved with two human faces, one placed facing the smoker and the other at the back of the bowl. Bands of lead are inlaid around the bowl and the short section meant to connect to the stem. There are remnants of where another figure was attached to the topside of the short stem.
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Inlayed Pipe Bowl with Two Faces