Eastern, Sioux. <em>Carved and Inlayed Spiral Pipe Stem</em>, early 19th century. Ash wood, lead, 42 1/4 x 2 x 2 in. (107.3 x 5.1 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.93. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 50.67.93_detail1_SL4.jpg)

Carved and Inlayed Spiral Pipe Stem

Artist:Eastern, Sioux

Medium: Ash wood, lead

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:early 19th century

Dimensions: 42 1/4 x 2 x 2 in. (107.3 x 5.1 x 5.1 cm)


Museum Location: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Visions and Myths of a Nation, 1800–1890


Accession Number: 50.67.93

Image: 50.67.93_detail1_SL4.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Carved ash wood pipe in a spiral form. Decoration with lead inlays; a fish appears inside one of the spiral curves, and the flat section on the end has four thunderbirds inlaid on one side and two buffalo heads and two animals (bears?) on the other side. The spiral section is further decorated with burn marks from a searing tool.

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