Arts & Cultures Database

 Contemporary Culture Collections » Burke Museum Objects » Object Details


Object #25.0/276
Object nameShip Pipe, Argillite
Culture of OriginHaida
DimensionsL: 14 in, H: 4.5 in, W: .6 in
Exhibit LabelIn the 1840s non-Haida subject matter almost completely dominated the argillite carvers' repertoire. Long "panel pipes," thin slabs of argillite intricately carved and pierced into silhouette friezes of shipboard scenes, were in style. They are pipes only in that they have a tiny hole drilled down from the top to meet a similar hole drilled along the bottom from one end. Very often, as in this pipe, a rectangular motif suggesting a ship's cabin occupies the center. (Holm, Crooked Beak of Heaven, 1972)
SourceMrs. Anne Gerber
CreditSidney Gerber Memorial Collection

Additional images are available:


Many artworks displayed in the Collection Search are protected by copyright or trademark. If you are interested in reproducing these images, please visit the Reproduction and Use Policy site.