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Bird Effigy Pipe

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Steatite
  • Place Found: Ohio, United States
  • DATES 1200-1500 C.E.
    PERIOD Mississippi Temple Mound II Period
    DIMENSIONS 2 3/4 x 7 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (7 x 19.7 x 4.4 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 69.84
    CREDIT LINE Charles Stewart Smith Memorial Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Mississippian (Native American). Bird Effigy Pipe, 1200-1500 C.E. Steatite, 2 3/4 x 7 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (7 x 19.7 x 4.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Stewart Smith Memorial Fund, 69.84. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 69.84_side1_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE side, 69.84_side1_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Black steatite bird-effigy pipe. Bowl rises from center of bird’s back with pipe stem under its tail. Wings rendered in high relief, legs tucked under belly but turned the wrong way (forward) compared to a normal bird who would curl his feet backwards .Round eyes and raptor-like beak. Other examples of this pipe: two dogs found in Copena but rare to find them associated with Copena overall as most found in Middle Tennessee and Middle Kentucky. Condition: Excellent; repairs in left tail and left edge of stem. Long crack running completely around head.
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    Mississippian (Native American). <em>Bird Effigy Pipe</em>, 1200-1500 C.E. Steatite, 2 3/4 x 7 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (7 x 19.7 x 4.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Stewart Smith Memorial Fund, 69.84. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 69.84_side1_PS9.jpg)

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