Hopewell. <em>Eagle Platform Pipe</em>, 1-400 C.E. Stone, lead eyes, 3 3/8 x 1 3/16 x 4 5/16 in. (8.6 x 3.0 x 11.0 cm). Anonymous loan, L49.3.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, L49.3.1_profile_PS9.jpg)

Eagle Platform Pipe


Medium: Stone, lead eyes

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:1-400 C.E.

Dimensions: 3 3/8 x 1 3/16 x 4 5/16 in. (8.6 x 3.0 x 11.0 cm)


Museum Location: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E.


Accession Number: L49.3.1

Image: L49.3.1_profile_PS9.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Carved stone pipe representing an eagle perched crosswise on a thin, curving platform. The bowl of the pipe is on the bird's back, and the stem is part of the platform. Wing and tail feathers are rendered in realistic detail but the rest of the body, feet and head are worked with minimal embellishment. Eye sockets are inset with lead. Such platform pipes are typical of the Hopewell culture, but this eagle is unique for the addition of the lead eyes and its very fine workmanship. There are a few equidistance tool marks cross- wise which make it unusual as well. Condition: excellent.

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