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Ceramic grayware elbow pipe with "duck" head effigy design / Southeast, Mississippian

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Ceramic elbow pipe. Grayware. “Duck” head effigy design.

“Elbow” pipes were widely used throughout Mississippian culture. They were generally made of fired clay and are gray or tan in color. Pipes with little or no ornamentation were probably made for personal use. Those with more ornamentation were probably made for ceremonial or tribal functions.

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Kiowa tradition places their earliest remembered homeland along the Columbia River in the Kootenay Region of British Columbia. Tribal history relates their migration to western Montana and then to the Black Hills region of South Dakota. By the early 19

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Title(s): 
Ceramic grayware elbow pipe with "duck" head effigy design
Culture: 
Southeast, Mississippian
Date: 
700-1600 CE
Period: 
Mississippian
Place: 
Saint Francis River Basin, Mississippi, Arkansas
Materials/Techniques: 
ceramic
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
54.4498
Department: 
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