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Haida
Primary



Pipe

1900-1950
Carved slate

11 in. x 3 9/16 in. x 1/4 in. (27.94 cm x 9.05 cm x 0.64 cm)
Gift of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 70.E1.78
Other Number(s): 24253 (The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Number)
Geography: North and Central America, Canada, British Columbia, Queen Charlotte Islands
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Personal Gear; Smoking & Recreational Drug Equipment
Culture/Nationality: Haida
Collection: William S. Vaux Collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
Haida craftsmen are famous for their carvings of local, black argillaceous slate, which often portray mythological events or stylized supernatural animals. This pipe was probably created for trade and not for ritual. The uppermost figure probably represents Raven, with downturned beak and wings. Raven rests above a human figure with a protruding tongue, an organ that the Haida believe to be a source of spiritual force and a vehicle for the transfer of life power from one being to another. Below the human, Raven is again shown with beak and wings turned down.

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