Native American, central United States, Great Plains, Plains Indians, ca. late 18th to early 19th century CE. A beautiful tomahawk with a lengthy, forged-iron blade with a sharpened vertical edge, an openwork diamond centered on the body, a tapered socketing shaft, and a cylindrical pipe receptacle with three raised rings on the verso. The hand-carved wooden handle features several recessed rings that would have held wide leather straps, a pair of perforated strap holes, and three diamond-shaped lead embellishments inlaid around the midsection. Beneath the pipe receptacle on the handle is a petite, leather-wrapped hole for drawing smoke into the hollow handle for inhalation via a circular mouthpiece on the handle's pommel end. A recessed ring around the mouthpiece suggests a separate pipe stem was present at one time. A beautiful example of multi-functional weaponry from the Plains Indians! Size: 10.75" W x 21.8" H (27.3 cm x 55.4 cm).
Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection
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Some original leather straps and exterior pipe stem missing. Minor darkening to areas of handle and tomahawk blade, with nicks to blade and handle, and a couple of stable fissures. Light earthen deposits and great patina throughout.