Rare Bear effigy Pipe, Archaic Period
Archaic period, Northern America, 1st millenium AD or before
Length : 15 cm
Provenance : Private collection, New York
Publication : "KunstKammer"
(M. Doustar, 2017), n°99
Carved limestone bear standing on four short pointy legs. Drilled through the center of the back and through the mouth, connecting to the central drill hole in the back, the way a smoking pipe would be drilled. Additional drill hole on the under side of his stomach. Animal effigy pipes are not uncommon but this early bear example is rather unusual and undoubtedly extremely ancient.
Price : 12.000 euros