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Object ID 2005.1.12
Object Name Pipe
Count 1
Description Round wooden stem made of one piece of wood, presumably small branch, bark peeled and surface smoothed. The mouthpiece, 1.5 cm long, was formed by longitudinal cuts/whittles (2 cm long) on opposing faces that flattened the stem end; mouthpiece has an oval cross section and straight cut end with central perforation. The bowl-end is a cylinder, 1.2 cm long, extending from center of the stem and 4 mm narrower than stem; the ends of the stem and cylinder are cut straight.

The pipe-head is an oval tube bowl only; reworked possibly from the shank or bowl section broken off another pipe, possibly broken during construction. The bowl is made of dark brown-red pipestone, most of one face much lighter with even lighter areas. The original piece of worked pipestone is smoothed and polished, has an oval cross section with flattened edges and 5 incised grooves forming 4 raised bands across both faces 3 cm below the current bowl rim. A thin incised encircling line 4 mm below the bowl rim appears to be a later working. The base of the bowl (original piece) has been reworked by cutting/abrading, the reworking is not as well executed (uneven, striations visible, although it does have a polish probably from use.) The base of the bowl has an original hole filled with a wooden plug roughly cut off flush with base of bowl. The hole for the stem has been placed 8 mm from the base of the bowl on one of the flattened edges; the surface of the smoothed and polished flattened edge has numerous cut marks. The bowl interior and the bowl rim have black resinous accretions; the bowl rim has cut/abrasion marks indicating reworking.

Object Late Date is the year of the Fred McKay loan to the museum, circa 1925.

Original catalog card: Locality = Menominee Indian Reservation; received from Wis-on-o-quit Mooseheart. "This pipe possibly was broken off of another pipe and made into a small one. It has a hole drilled through the bottom. It is oval in shape. It belonged to a very old man by the name of Wis-on-o-quit, it is claimed that he was 103 years old when he died in 1931."
Material Stone/Wood
Date Pre 1925
Year range to 1925
Dimensions L-15.8 Dia-1 cm
Dimension notes Above dimensions are the stem. Pipe-head: 6 H, 3 L, 2.2 W.
Collecting location Menominee Indian Reservation
Owned Mooseheart, Wis-on-o-quit
People Mooseheart, Wis-on-o-quit
Culture Menominee
Collector McKay, Fred W.
Other # L200-109
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