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The Steven Michaan Collection of North American Tribal Art : The Art of the Spirit World : Woodlands
Eastern Great Lakes Woodlands
Female Effigy Pipe
Maple Burl, 2 ½” Height, c.1760-1780
Female Effigy Pipe
Female Effigy Pipe

Seated male figures have been part of the Woodlands vernacular on carved pipes and ladles for centuries, however, the female subject and subtly erotic nature of this pipe is both unique and compelling.

The carver of this pipe created a certain grace by accentuating the roundness of the form, from the figure’s hips and knees to the subtle curve in the small of its back.