kneeling or crouching figure with arms at sides; face jutting forward; frowning expression; knot on top of head, PR side

Pipe, c. 1200

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The Putnam Dana McMillan Fundexpand_more  2004.118

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Chiefly warfare spread among the societies across the middle of North America beginning around 1000 CE. The rulers struggled for power and prestige, battling against neighboring chiefdoms for supremacy. Conflict permeated all aspects of life and as a result was reflected in the art produced at that time. This pipe represents a prisoner taken in war, and its large size indicates that it had ceremonial use as a shared smoking device. It depicts a defeated warrior deprived of all marks of rank and privilege except for his beaded forelock of hair, bound helplessly into a humiliating position. Objects such as this pipe were used ritually to ensure victory against one's enemies.

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2004.118
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kneeling or crouching figure with arms at sides; face jutting forward; frowning expression; knot on top of head, PR side