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.