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Plains pipe tamper

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Description A Plains, possibly Lakota or Dakota, ornate wooden pipe tamper, circa the late 19th century or earlier. It was reportedly bought by a St. Paul man from Lakota chief Sitting Bull; the tamper is also said to have been carved by Sitting Bull. The lower half of the tamper is straight, narrowing to a blunt point. The upper half is carved at the top with the shape of a face which narrows to a platform roughly the same diameter as the top of the face. The platform narrows again to another platform serving as the top of a hollow segment with four spindles encasing a small black ball. The bottom of this encasement is wrapped with twine, securing it to the lower portion of the tamper. Two wooden rings are secured in the two narrow areas above the encasement.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 32 inches length
1 1/4 inches diameter widest point
Nomenclature Pipe stopper
Creation Made by: Sitting Bull, Chief
Made by Plains Indians
Made by (possibly) Lakota Indians
Made by (possibly) Dakota Indians
Made in United States
Subjects Made by Plains Indians
Made by (possibly) Lakota Indians
Made by (possibly) Dakota Indians
Made in United States
Standing Rock Reservation, South Dakota, United States
Indian. Ceremonial Artifacts. Smoking Equipment
Dates Content: 1889 Date donated
Restrictions Through curatorial review and/or additional consultation with American Indian elders, spiritual leaders, tribal officers or lineal descendants, this item has been determined to be culturally sensitive. As advised by the Minnesota Historical Society Indian Advisory Committee on April 20, 2012, the Minnesota Historical Society will not display images of culturally sensitive items on the public database.
Holding Type 3D Objects
ID Number 581.E173
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