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Frog Effigy Platform Pipe, between 1st and 2nd century

  • Havana, Native American

Clay

  • Overall (by sight): 2 × 2 3/4 × 1 1/4 inches (5.1 × 7 × 3.2 cm)

Founders Society Purchase with funds from Flint Ink Corporation

1986.61

On View

  • Native American S131

Department

Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas

Power comes to individuals as a gift from the spirit world and ultimately from the Creator. The frog seated on the Frog Effigy Platform Pipe represents a spiritual intermediary through whom power flows. The act of smoking tobacco is intended as an offering, a gift in return for the spirit being's blessings. Note that the frog faces the smoker when the pipe is used.

ca. 1958, found by S. R. Wolfolk (Troy, Missouri, USA). before 1980, John Taylor (Troy, Missouri, USA). 1984 (Robert Onkin, Manito, Illinois, USA)

ca. 1984, (John Baldwin, West Olive, Michigan, USA)

1987-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

"Notes on recent acquisitions." Bulletin of the DIA 64, no. 1 (1988): 55 (ill.).

Havana, Native American, Frog Effigy Platform Pipe, between 1st and 2nd century, clay. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase with funds from Flint Ink Corporation, 1986.61.