Native American, northeastern United States, Hopewell Indians, Middle Woodland period, ca. 200 to 900 CE. A fine smoking pipe from the Hopewell Indians, hand-carved from a mottled dark-grey stone with faint black and yellow-green inclusions. The pipe consists of a slender platform with a curved profile and a small mouthpiece on one end, and a stylized kneeling figure on top with a dug-out receptacle in its back to contain smoking materials. The figure's head displays a meditative countenance with recessed eyes, a bulbous nose, a gaping mouth, and a simple cap with a radiating roundel on the right side and a lattice-pattern roundel on the backside. Size: 8.55" L x 1.625" W x 3.125" H (21.7 cm x 4.1 cm x 7.9 cm).
Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s
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