Eastern Woodlands. <em>Panther Effigy Pipe</em>, 100 BCE - 500 C.E. Black Steatite, 2 3/8 x 6 5/16 x 1 9/16 in. (6 x 16 x 4 cm). Anonymous loan, L49.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, L49.5_PS11.jpg)

Panther Effigy Pipe

Artist:Eastern Woodlands

Medium: Black Steatite

Geograhical Locations:

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: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, From Colonies to States, 1660–1830


Accession Number: L49.5

Image: L49.5_PS11.jpg,

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.

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