Plains (unidentified). <em>Pipe Bowl representing Owl</em>, early 20th century. Catlinite or pipestone, 3 3/4 x 5 3/8 in.  (9.5 x 13.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 80.98.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 80.98.2_view2_bw.jpg)

Pipe Bowl representing Owl


Medium: Catlinite or pipestone

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:early 20th century

Dimensions: 3 3/4 x 5 3/8 in. (9.5 x 13.7 cm)


Accession Number: 80.98.2

Image: 80.98.2_view2_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Catlinite or pipestone pipe bowl carved in the form of an owl perched on a rectangular bar. Beak, tufts, eyes, and legs carved with details of eyes and feathers indicated by incised lines. The back of the bowl, under the bird, is carved with a serrated edge and turns up at the end as though that owl had a tail. The area around the opening in the owl's head is blackened. A pipe stem would be added to this bowl for smoking. Catlinite is only found in the Minnesota region in what is called Pipestone National Park with mining rights reserved for Native Americans. Use of pipestone is restricted to Native Americans.

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