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Canine Effigy Pipe Stem

Arts of the Americas

CULTURE Eastern, Sioux
MEDIUM Wood, pigment, brass tacks, sinew, bird skin, blue jay feathers
DATES early 19th century
DIMENSIONS 26 in. (66 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund
PROVENANCE Prior to 1848, provenance not yet documented; by 1848, acquired by Nathan Sturges Jarvis; 1848, gift of Nathan Sturges Jarvis to the New-York Historical Society, New York, NY; 1937, loaned by the New-York Historical Society to the Brooklyn Museum; 1950, purchased from the New-York Historical Society by the Brooklyn Museum.
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pipe stem carved in the shape of an animal. The snout looks too long on this for it to be a dog. Possibly a wolf, coyote or fox. Two brass tacks serve as eyes and the neck and lips are fire-decorated. There was originally some bone hair trim; a bird scalp and blue feathers still remain near the center. The stem is painted red and blue-green. The original Jarvis (the collector) inscription reads "Indian pipe Uppo Miss."
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Eastern, Sioux. Canine Effigy Pipe Stem, early 19th century. Wood, pigment, brass tacks, sinew, bird skin, blue jay feathers, 26 in. (66 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.85. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 50.67.85_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 50.67.85_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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