Rare Tlingit Ceremonial Figural Smoking Pipe Circa 1870

$6,950 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 and depicts two figures sharing limbs. A raven and a  swimming sea creature, presumably a whale with a metal bowl for the tobacco. and a hole at the back of the ravens head were  the smoke would have been drawn through. Traces of red vermillion and black 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.

Weight 1.0 lbs
Dimensions 7.0 × 3.0 × 2.5 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 and depicts two figures sharing limbs. A raven and a  swimming sea creature, presumably a whale with a metal bowl for the tobacco. and a hole at the back of the ravens head were  the smoke would have been drawn through. Traces of red vermillion and black 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.

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Weight 1.0 lbs
Dimensions 7.0 × 3.0 × 2.5 in
Item Location

Canada

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