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This pipestone pipe was found in Kiowa County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1904. In Kansas, these pipes generally were carved by American Indians between 1350 CE to 1850, though they continue to be made today. The soft, fine-grained material of the pipestone enabled the carver to shape and smooth the pipe, carve the effigy on the bottom and drill holes for the bowl and stem. Traces of dottle (tobacco residue) remain within the bowl and on the rim. The effigy extends from the base of the bowl and appears to be a head with a mouth. The effigy is best seen when the pipe is upside down. Pipes were used during trade negotiations and to mark special occasions.

Date: 1350 CE-1850

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Item Number: 442423
Call Number: 04.13
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 442423

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