Sunday, May 22, 2011

Native American Tomahawk

Object types
tomahawk pipe

Materials
wood
iron

Place
Found/Acquired North America

Date
1800 (circa)

Ethnic group
Made by Northeast Peoples (?)
Made by Plains Peoples (?)

Description
Tomahawk-pipe, with bowl made of iron and a wooden stem.

Inscriptions
Inscription Type: maker's mark
Inscription Script: Stamped into metal blade
Inscription Position: Stamp on left side of tomahawk blade
Inscription Language: English?
Inscription Content: Holtzapfiel
Inscription Comment: Stamp is badly worn, and may possibly say Motlzapfiel instead.

Dimensions
Length: 23 centimetres (of blade)
Length: 56 centimetres (of stem)
Width: 8 centimetres

Acquisition date
1882

Acquisition name
Collected by William Bragge
Purchased from W Wareham
Purchased from Christy Fund

Exhibition History
Exhibited:
1977 15 Dec-1978 30 Oct, Museum of Mankind, Room 9; Smoking Pipes of the North American Indian

2010 6 Jan-5 Apr, British Museum, Room 91, Warriors of the Plains: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual


Copy and photos from The British Museum.

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