Pipe - ROM2011_11798_7



Maker: Probably Anishinaabeg (Ojibwa)
Medium:Stone bowl with wood stem decorated with pierced motifs, hot file markings, paint
Geography: Great Lakes, North America
Date: early 19th century
1.2 × 5 × 84.5 cm
Object number: HK926
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. 

There is a mystery about how the smoke passes through the pierced motifs along the stem. In this case, the stem was made from a crooked branch carved straight, with its winding pith (the inner tissue) burned out to form the smoke passage. The carver calculated the curve of the airway and cut out motifs around it.

Cataloguer: Arni Brownstone
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