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Haida pipe
ca. 1830
Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada
36 x 6.5 cm
Exchange from the Free Museum of Science and Art, Philadelphia

This argillite panel pipe may depict a real incident—an unfortunate sailor caught in the ship’s rigging and dragged to his death. Haida carvers became thoroughly familiar with the appearance of 19th-century sailing ships, and some Haida men joined crews as seamen, voyaging to Hawai‘i and beyond before returning home.

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