PreColumbian and Indian Artifacts by HDEnterprises

Steatite Skeleton Pipe

Steatite Skeleton Pipe

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Pre 1980: Item # 544298

Please refer to our stock # BWO.6 when inquiring.
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Here’s a fascinating enigma! This carved, 4 ¾” tall, dark greenish black steatite elbow pipe (BWO6) came to its owner as possibly Aztec in origin. In overall very good condition, even with its head glued on (along a simple break) and a number of surface scratches and bruises from repeated handling, this piece has all of the attributes of being hand-made albeit with the possible help of historical period tools. To test the theory of antiquity, the pipe was sent to Cal Howard, authenticator from Springfield, Illinois. Cal’s opinion is that the pipe is modern, but when pressed, as any reasonable person would state, he was not able to suggest a date of manufacture and said it could have been made at ‘any time’. Based upon Cal's assessment and comment, I'd have to place the age of manufacture somewhere in the period from the 17th to the early 20th century, and although I personally believe it was Native American made, I cannot suggest a tribal or provenance affiliation. Due to the question of age and provenance, the pipe has been priced accordingly. The smokable pipe comes with a small dsiplay card. NOTE: if you would like to view a large number of our various listings, and at the same time limit your browsing, try our ‘TWELVE different items on a single page format’ by simply spelling out the word TWELVE in the search box. That will quickly bring up all of our listings that have twelve different items on a page, each individually priced!