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PIPE: SACRED; HUGE BOWL, MOUNDBUILDER, HICKMAN, FULTON COUNTY, SW KENTUCKY See original listing
PIPE-SACRED-HUGE-BOWL-MOUNDBUILDER-HICKMAN-FULTON-COUNTY-SW-KENTUCKY
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Minor dings, pitting and slight indentations can be seen throughout the artifact

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Dec 01, 2013 18:45:40 PST
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Lafayette, Colorado, United States

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Seller Notes: Minor dings, pitting and slight indentations can be seen throughout the artifact
Color:

Brown

Material:

Fired Clay

Maker:

Mound Builders

Original/Reproduction:

Original

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PIPE:  SACRED; HUGE BOWL, MOUNDBUILDER near HICKMAN, FULTON COUNTY, (southwestern) KENTUCKY

Length:  2 1/2"

Width:  1 3/4"

Height:   2 1/2"

Weight:   6.6 oz

 

Uncovered in the 1800s several miles southwest of Hickman, Kentucky.    Many stone and pottery artifacts were found along the Mississippi river bank, kept in storage, and acquired by me in a private family estate sale.

This EXQUISITE pipe is made from fired clay.  It has a beautiful dark brown patina.  Evidence of the heated bowl--along top and sides--can be seen as darkened patches.

The short, pinched mouth stem converges into a small-opening draft.  The mouth stem has definite front-teeth indents (most so along bottom) as well as indentations and abrasions.  Minor dings, pitting and slight indentations can be seen throughout the artifact.

This RARE , somewhat "elbow" style pipe with a massive bowl and exceedingly short mouth stem begs the question:  why?

This type of pipe was not meant to leisurely enjoy the result of dried tobacco.  But rather, it was used to inhale a lot of smoke in one quick toke--the idea being to rapidly feel the effects of whatever was burning in the large bowl.  That type of situation occurs in ceremonial protocols where the user was determined to pass into another reality.

In other words, this pipe was probably used in sacred ceremonial rituals where entry into the spirit world was essential.

If we could only now figure out what these ancient Mound Builder were smoking.

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