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The Steven Michaan Collection of North American Tribal Art : The Art of the Spirit World : Woodlands
Eastern Great Lakes Woodlands
Human Effigy Pipe
Maple, 3” Height, c.1780
Female Effigy Pipe
Female Effigy Pipe

Effigy pipes were often self-directed in that the anterior side of the effigy faced the smoker.

In this example, however, the smoker would be looking at the posterior side. A male figure hugs the pipe bowl, as a bear would huge a tree.

The carving of the head is stylistically typical of the Eastern Woodlands with reductive features, combining the eyes and nose.