Eastern Sioux Catlinite Human & Fish Effigy Pipe
Mid-19th century, possibly Great Lakes region, the bowl carved in the form of a human figure with incised hair, Medicine Wheel (Sacred Hoop) medallion necklace and loin cloth, depicted kneeling with arms resting to sides and facing away from the stem carved in the form of a fish with incised scales, fins, gills, and ''Medicine Wheel'' eyes and mouth, 4'' H x 2'' W x 13.8'' D, est:$3000/4000.
Note: The ''Medicine Wheel'' or ''Sacred Hoop'' symbol is depicted on the medallion worn by the figure as well as in the eye of the fish. The ''Medicine Wheel'' is composed of four quadrants within a circle, representing the four stages in life, the four elements (earth, wind, fire and water), and the four seasons, and conveys the concept of life as balanced and non-linear.
Provenance: Private Collection, Los Angeles, CA. Condition: Nicely carved. Exhibits a deep red patina over entire surface. Pipe bowl blackened from use. Surface scratches commensurate with age. Front section of left foot (middle arch to toes) with well executed repair. Pipe stem appears to be attached to bowl with an adhesive. Minute chips to the bowl edge and to bottom fins of fish. A groove above the human figure's right shoulder which appears to have been intentionally executed, possibly reflecting an actual scar on the figure model.