NAVAJO BROWNWARE PIPE circa 1920
This is a rare piece. It has all the characteristics of early Navajo resin-coated pottery. Once Navajo brownware became a tourist item rather than utilitarian, it dodn't look like this. The old pieces have a hard finish and satin-smooth resin coat that made the pottery fire-safe, just like this pipe. This was made to be smoked, and the bowl has certainly seen its share of fire. Everything about it talks to the 1920 date except for the inlaid turquoise beads on either side of the bowl. Turquoise didn't appear commonly on pottery for another fifty years. Its presence here makes us wonder if this pipe had special significance. We showed this to Navajo art experts, and they didn't have any answers either. We put this on page 121 of the Second Edition of our Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni.
5" long x 1-1/8" wide x 2-3/8" high
Condition very good considering its age and use. Old chip on rim of pipe bowl.