Upper Midwest and Eastern Plains, North America. ca. 1790 to 1890. This bear "peace" pipe is crafted from Catlinite, a soft, red siltstone, named for the artist and explorer George Catlin who visited the quarries in Minnesota in the 1830s. Catlinite pipes are ubiquitous at Oneota sites of the late prehistoric, protohistoric, and early historic periods. This pipe is not only aesthetically appealing with its rich cocoa coloring and fine carving, but also carries significant symbolism. Th ...click for details
Mesa Verde, Colorado, Southwest US, ca. 1100-1300 CE. This bowl, expertly created by the Anasazi artisans of Mesa Verde was found at the Bug Point Site on the Deloris River in Southwestern Colorado. This example is particularly striking for its star burst black on white design of diagonally set rectangles swirling toward the bottom of the bowl. These slanted rectangles symbolize lightning. Indeed the Anasazi worshiped spiritual figures representing many forces of nature. Rain, of course, was ...click for details
Mississippian-era, ca 800 to 1200 AD. Carved black hardstone elbow pipe. Made from a mottled black stone with label on base indicating this was found in Tennessee. Finely made and exhibiting great artistic style. Choice condition.