The lot features a historic and important carved wolf effigy pipe bowl from the Cheyenne Native American Indian Wolf Clan dating to circa mid to late 1800’s. The piece shows an expertly pipestone catlinite material with a full standing wolf’s body. The Dog Soldiers or Dog Men were part of the Wolf Clan of the Cheyenne Native American Indian tribe and were historically documented as one of the elite highly skilled groups of warriors. The Dog Soldier military society was the highly aggressive and effective militaristic arm of the Northern and Southern Cheyenne and were established in circa 1838. The pipe is believed to be from this Wolf Clan Dog Soldier select group of warriors, making it a truly rare and unique item. The relic shows an excellent original condition with no breaks, cracks, or visible repairs with the appropriate manufacture techniques and wear for its early age. Provenance: From the renowned Sundog Fine Art Bozeman, Montana collection and collected by Bruce VanLandingham. Bruce VanLandingham was a pillar in the American Indian collecting community and a respected expert. Along with being an avid collector Bruce also was the sole owner of Sundog Fine Art Gallery in Bozeman which was both part museum and gallery. Measures overall 3 inches in length by 1.75” deep at the head and having a 5/8 inch opening at its widest.
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Cheyenne Wolf Clan Dog Soldier Pipe Bowl c. 1800's