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Nice Plains Indian catlinite red stone peace pipe, 19th.-20th. century


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Handiwork: Pre 1970: Item # 1437396
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Nice 'Peace pipe' from an Upper mid west tribe with a fine carved head of red catlinite stone, likely early 20th. century.

Tobacco, Nicotiana rustica, was originally used primarily by eastern tribes, but western tribes often mixed it with other herbs, barks, and plant matter, in a preparation commonly known as kinnikinnick.

One material used for ceremonial pipe bowls in the Upper Midwest is red pipestone or catlinite, a fine-grained easily worked stone of a rich red color of the Coteau des Prairies, west of the Big Stone Lake in South Dakota. The pipestone quarries of what today is Minnesota, were neutral ground as people from multiple nations journeyed to the quarry to obtain the sacred pipestone.

Size: 72 cm. incl. the long hard wood stem. The head 17,5 cm. long.

Condition: Choice, evidence of some use, corrosion mark and decolouration on the back of the head / bowl. The pipe is in fine working condition, very tight.

Ex. Old Danish Collection, has been in Denmark in at least 40 years.
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