Due to a private event, the New-York Historical Society will be closed from Wednesday, October 27 – Friday, October 29. We'll reopen at 11 am ET on Saturday, October 30.

Primitive Pipes in Stalactites and Pot Stone

Object Number: 
Graphite and black ink on prepared card
Overall: 18 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. ( 46.7 x 61.3 cm )
Signed at lower right inside image in black ink: "Geo. Catlin"; inscribed at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 206. / Primitive Pipes, in Stalactites & Pot Stone."; bowls numbered from upper left to lower right in graphite: 1 to 18
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: Catlin's reproduction of the carving and construction of Native American pipes; eighteen pipe bowls, ten with no ornamental carving, all drawn with a 'cut-away' view to show internal construction methods
Credit Line: 
Purchased by the Society
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