Native American, Plains Indian, probably Chippewa, ca. 1850 CE. A wonderful blackstone ceremonial peace pipe handsomely decorated with spade, club, heart, and diamond motifs rendered in inlaid silver pewter, inlaid red pipestone (sometimes called Catlinite), and the inherent ebony hue of the black pipestone (a hard black quartzite slate). Adorning the pipe bowl and the pointed end are borders of continuous peaks - perhaps representing ridged hillsides or mountains. This type of pipe is relatively rare among the Chippewa and was most likely used almost exclusively by chiefs. Size: 10" L x 4.75" H (25.4 cm x 12.1 cm)
Ceremonial pipes like this example were oftentimes described as calumets. Calumet is actually a Norman workd that was first used in David Ferrand's "La Muse Normande" (ca. 1625 to 1655) and by Norman-French colonialists to refer to the native peoples' ceremonial pipes. Calumets that were smoked during Catholic conversion ceremonies were extensively carved and decorated.
Provenance: private collection of Dr. Evan Maurer, a former Curator of the Minneapolis Art Institute (USA)
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Minor surface wear with scuffs, but imagery is still very vivid. One small chip to the middle of the section with the blow hole.