Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Exceptional Eastern Sioux Catlinite Pipe Bowl 1870's

This 1870's sculptural elbow shaped catlinite pipe bowl 

Eastern Sioux catlinite pipe bowl, 1870, measuring 4.25 inches

  stands out in more ways than one...

from afar

or close-up...


 And while this is not Michelangelo's work

Detail of Michelangelo's David, 1501-1504, Academia Gallery, Florence

this level of anatomical detail, down to the arch and toes,

points to a late 19th century native american master pipe carver of exception.

Courtesy Cowan's Auctions