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Pawnee Pipes (Curious Designs)

Object Number: 
1872.23.215
Date: 
1866-68
Medium: 
Graphite and black ink on prepared card
Dimensions: 
Overall: 18 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. ( 46.7 x 61.3 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at upper center in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 215. / Pawnee Pipes. (curious designs)"; numbered upper to lower in graphite: 84 to 88
Description: 
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: Catlin's reproduction of the carving and construction of Native American pipes; five pipes with peculiar bowl designs: two dogs standing, a bird's head, a whiskey barrel with a grinning male head protruding from the top, a nude reclining woman, and an animal with human and boar features
Credit Line: 
Purchased by the Society
Provenance: 
The artist's collection; Francis Putnam Catlin, the artist's brother, serving as agent to George Henry Moore, acting on behalf of N-YHS
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group