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A three quarter view of the finely sculpted wood pipe bowl presenting a beautiful dark patina and depicting a seated human figure whose four limbs have been carved in the round who is possibly playing an mouth instrument
A profile view of the finely sculpted wood pipe bowl presenting a beautiful dark patina and depicting a seated human figure whose four limbs have been carved in the round who is possibly playing an mouth instrument

Figural Pipe Bowl

Wyandot
Eastern Woodlands

mid 18th century

height: 4 ½"

Inventory # CW3324

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donated to the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON


Provenance

Found in a private home in the Champlain Valley, in the town of Sudbury, Vermont
Donald Ellis Gallery, Dundas, Ontario
Private collection, Berkeley, CA

Published

Donald Ellis Gallery catalogue, 1998, pg. 1

RELATED EXAMPLES

Museum of Natural History, Washington, Cat. No. 10080 – See: American Indian Art (shorter edition), Feder, Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, 1973, pl. 221

Museum of the American Indian, Nos. 21/3038 and 18/6071 – See: Dockstader, Frederick. Indian Art In America, New York: Promontory Press, pl. 240 and Dockstader, Frederick. Masterworks From the Museum of the American Indian. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973, pg. 51, pl 162, for an example dated 1789 which was presented to Mohawk leader Joseph Brant, by Caleb Bingham

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Cat. No. 885.2.1) – See: From the Four Quarters, Reid, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1984, pg. 18, pl. 39 (for a stone example from the Late Woodlands period)

This exceptionally rare and beautiful pipe bowl is a masterpiece of Eastern Woodlands sculpture.

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