Indian Pipestone Artifacts, Framed [159501]

Currency:USD Category:American Indian Art Start Price:200.00 USD Estimated At:400.00 - 650.00 USD
Indian Pipestone Artifacts, Framed [159501]
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Twenty-six carved pipestone artifacts ranging in size from a 4 x 2.5-inch hourglass-shaped piece to a tiny 1/4-inch disk. All 26 are mounted (glued) onto a red velveteen-like matte board and framed in a 12.5 x 24.5 x 2 inch unpainted wooden shadowbox designed by be hung vertically. Carved shapes include rounded rectangles, a tiny bowl, three rings, a tiny axe head, a small animal (fox?) figurine, several various dangle-type ornaments, a 2.5-inch tapered hollow tube, and three pieces of rough pipestone rocks. Some pieces have one to four holes drilled through them as part of their design. Pipestone is a name for catlinite, an argillite rock, which is a metamorphosed, fine-grained mudstone. Pipestone is typically deep orange to deep red and very easily carved into simple and fanciful shapes. Well-known beds of deep red catlinite occur near Pipestone, Minnesota, where quarries used by Native Americans are now protected in nearby Pipestone National Monument. Other quarries occur in Canada and near Hayward, Wisconsin, and Delta, Utah. See photos for artifact details.

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