Moose-shaped pipe bowl, Canada, c 1850-1870.
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This stone pipe with a carved illustration of a moose on the front of the bowl was made by the Micmac people of Nova Scotia, Canada. The ceremonial smoking of tobacco has been a central part of Native American ritual since ancient times. Pipes were elaborately carved, often in the shape of animals, and carried in specially decorated bags.