Early Algonquin Effigy Pipe
second half 17th century
fine grain limestone; bowl carved with realistic portraiture, having fine features and depicted wearing ball and drop earrings; a thin otter is placed on the stem; remnants of old label
length 6-1/4 x height inches
Archaeological specimens carved from limestone have been found between Niagara and London, Ontario, and also in the Grand River area. These limestone pipes, although not figural, have dated between 1630 and 1650. Catlinite examples found in this region predominate after 1650. This pipe may have originated west of this area, closer to the Great Lakes region. The combination of human effigy, animal manitou, and stepped fin all developed amongst the Algonquin tribes of the Great Lakes.
Purchased in England by current owner.