Pipe bowl

Unknown Cheyenne artistc. 1890

Maryhill Museum of Art

Maryhill Museum of Art
Goldendale, United States

Plains Indian societies used tobacco smoke as a purifying agent and as an offering to the spirits. As a result, they crafted pipes and smoking accessories with great care. This pipe bowl is the work of an unknown but skilled and prolific artist. Nearly identical examples of this same buffalo design exist in several other museum collections.

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  • Title: Pipe bowl
  • Creator: Unknown Cheyenne artist
  • Date: c. 1890
  • Physical Dimensions: h4⅛ x d9⅜ in (complete)
  • Media: catlinite
  • Culture: Cheyenne
  • Credit Line: Gift of Dr. John M. Donnell, M.Z. Donnell and Mrs. H.E. Selby
  • Provenance: Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art
  • Type: Pipe (smoking equipment)
  • Rights: http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/discover/about-maryhill-museum-of-art/press-room/images-for-publication