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Dark grey shale and catlinite with lead inlay obtained from molten bullets
An old red edged label handwritten with ‘Clay Co. N.C’ and another ‘4131’
Size: 14 cm long, 7 cm high – 5½ ins long, 2¾ ins high
From the mid 18th century the Cherokee in Northern Carolina produced large numbers of stone carved pipe bowls decorated with various animal and human effigies. These nearly always faced the smoker and were used in meditation of a guardian spirit.
The Cherokee used effigy pipes in a ritual referred to as the Booger dance in which carved wooden masks also played a role. However most of these pipes were made for trade, originally to other tribes such as the Delaware, but by the mid 19th century many were sold to local store keepers and to white tourists.
|Height||7.00 cm||(2.76 inches)|
|Width||14.00 cm||(5.51 inches)|