Horse Effigy Pipebowl
Sioux Lakota, Plains
Length: 8 ¾ in. (22 cm)
Ex collection Helene Sage, New Mexico
Currently on loan at Museu Valencià d’Etnologia
(Ethnology Museum, Valencia, Spain)
Exhibition & Literature:
“Beyond Hollywood: American Indian Identities”, June-December 2018
This Sioux figural catlinite sculpture is known as an ”arched-neck horse head and saddle pipe-bowl”. Calumets were the most sacred objects among the Plains Indians. They were used in times of war and times of peace to ensure protection and success.
This is a superb early example circa 1880s.
It depicts a charging horse with minute incised details (saddle, legs, …)
This bowl is clearly the work of a master carver. The horse has a great movement and dynamism to it.
In terms of aesthetics, age and quality, this pipebowl is closely related to two examples illustrated in Plains Indian Sculpture: A Traditional Art from America's Heartland, John C. Ewers, Smithsonian Books,1986, figures 65 et 66.
This pipe bowl originally came from the celebrated collection of Helene Sage (New Mexico).