Native American, Alaskan, ca. 19th century CE. A hand-carved, heavy soapstone smoking pipe in the form of a whale. The whale has huge eyes, each carved as if having two long, ray-like streamers flowing from the eyelids. The body has incised lines forming fins on the sides and tail. The dorsal fin is large and cylindrical, forming a chamber. The mouth of the whale has a small, round opening that serves as the lip. The form of the pipe mirrors the bowhead whale, an animal of great cultural significance to the native people of Alaska, especially the Inupiat. Size: 12.05" L x 2.15" W x 4.3" H (30.6 cm x 5.5 cm x 10.9 cm) Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection; purportedly ex-Bonhams All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #136368
Small chips and nicks on surface, but nice preservation of form.