Pipe bowl - ROM2011_11753_1


Pipe bowl

Maker: Anishinaabeg (Ojibwa or Odawa)
Medium:Carved chloritic schist, glass beads
Geography: Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Date: c. 1845
7 × 18.8 × 2.7 cm
Object number: L2001.18.353
Credit Line: Victorial College Collection
Not on view

Serving as a means of communicating with the spirit world, ceremonial tobacco smoking has been central to Indigenous life since long before the arrival of Europeans. The smoker’s prayers and petitions are sent to the Great Spirit through the ascending smoke.

With the advent of metal tools, Anishinaabe pipes grew increasingly complex and esoteric, to a degree where bowls displayed narrative scenes.

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