Rare Tlingit Ceremonial Bird Effigy Smoking Pipe Circa 1870

$2,495 USD

A fine rare early Tlingit or Haida ceremonial pipe dating from the mid to late 1800’s. The pipe is carved from a hard wood, most likely maple or alder wood with a metal bowl to place tobacco. The pipe shows evidence of ceremonial smoking use. The bird, a baby raven , has his large mouth open as if to feed, wings swept back to the side.  and and a hole at the bottom were the smoke would have been drawn through a stem which is no longer present. Traces of red vermillion pigment remain. Ceremonial smoking pipes were highly regarded in Tlingit ceremonial culture , believing the smoke was the way  the spirits entered the heavens. Typically used in funeral potlatches. Beautiful aged patina from years of careful handling. Provenance “Ball ” collection which is written in 19th C script on the side as well as an old museum number is still present. Pipe is mounted on a metal museum quality display stand.

Weight 1.0 lbs
Dimensions 3.66 × 2.2 × 2.25 in
Item Location

Canada

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A fine rare early Tlingit or Haida ceremonial pipe dating from the mid to late 1800’s. The pipe is carved from a hard wood, most likely maple or alder wood with a metal bowl to place tobacco. The pipe shows evidence of ceremonial smoking use. The bird, a baby raven , has his large mouth open as if to feed, wings swept back to the side.  and and a hole at the bottom were the smoke would have been drawn through a stem which is no longer present. Traces of red vermillion pigment remain. Ceremonial smoking pipes were highly regarded in Tlingit ceremonial culture , believing the smoke was the way  the spirits entered the heavens. Typically used in funeral potlatches. Beautiful aged patina from years of careful handling. Provenance “Ball ” collection which is written in 19th C script on the side as well as an old museum number is still present. Pipe is mounted on a metal museum quality display stand.

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Weight 1.0 lbs
Dimensions 3.66 × 2.2 × 2.25 in
Item Location

Canada

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