Medium: Black Steatite
Dates:100 BCE - 500 C.E.
Dimensions: 2 3/8 x 6 5/16 x 1 9/16 in. (6 x 16 x 4 cm)
Museum Location: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
Accession Number: L49.5
Catalogue Description: Carved stone pipe in the form of a crouching feline, probably a panther to judge from the markings along the sides of its body. Panthers were prevalent throughout the North American eastern woodlands prior to the spread of European settlements. The bowl of the pipe is in the center of the animal's back. The artist has captured in remarkable detail its fierce and sensuous qualities: the curved tail, the snarling mouth, and the dewclaws and pads of the feet on the underside. Condition: Excellent, one leg has been broken and repaired.