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soapstone pipe-Native Americans have used soapstone to make smoking pipes and pipe bowls. They used soapstone because it is easy to carve and drill. Its high specific heat capacity enabled the outside of the bowl to have a lower temperature than the burning tobacco inside. Image © Gill André, iStockphoto.

soapstone pipe-Native Americans have used soapstone to make smoking pipes and…

American Indian Art:Pipes, Tools, and Weapons, A SIOUX CATLINITE EFFIGY PIPE BOWL. c. 1880...

American Indian Art:Pipes, Tools, and Weapons, A SIOUX CATLINITE EFFIGY PIPE BOWL. c. 1880...

Pipe Bowl Date: ca. 1830 Geography: United States, Minnesota Culture: Santee Dakota (Eastern Sioux) Medium: Catlinite (red pipestone), lead

An anonymous master carver used soft pipestone to create this small-scale, intricate sculpture. The object is also a functional pipe, and distinctive lead inlays—including images of buffalo hooves—embellish the disc-shaped bowl and shaft

Native American tobacco pipe realises $23,500 at auction

A finely carved tobacco pipe has auctioned as top lot in a sale of American Indian art, which was held on October 5 in Ohio. The pipe's value was boosted by its

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