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Chumash Indian Stone Whale Pipe - PF.1456
Origin: Southern California, USA
Circa: 1200 AD to 1800 AD

Collection: Tribal
Medium: Stone

Location: United States
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The finest creations of American Indian Art combine a practical function with aesthetic beauty. With a restrained hand and an assured eye, the artist has caught the essential qualities of this huge seagoing mammal. In spite of its small scale, the sculpture conveys the majestic serenity of the animal. The smoking of pipes figured prominently in the ceremonies and rituals of numerous tribes of the Far West. Designed to be grasped at the tail, this exquisite object fits comfortably in the hand. As we hold it today, delighting in its smooth contours, we share our pleasure with its ancient owners. - (PF.1456)


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