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Pipe Bowl

Santee Dakota (Eastern Sioux)

Not on view

An anonymous master carver used soft pipestone to create this small-scale, intricate sculpture. The object is also a functional pipe, and distinctive lead inlays—including images of buffalo hooves—embellish the disc-shaped bowl and shaft. Several of this artist’s works are found in collections today, and some, like this one, portray Native consumption of alcohol. Although now considered stereotypical, at the time this was an attractive subject to non-Indian collectors.

Pipe Bowl, Catlinite (red pipestone), lead, Santee Dakota (Eastern Sioux)

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