For the Lakota, the pipe is a sacred object, integral to spiritual and cultural life. Each part of the pipe - stem, bowl, tobacco, breath, and smoke - is symbolic of the fundamental relationships among plants, animals, humans, elements, and spiritual beings. The elaborate pip ceremony includes prayers to the four directions, to mother earth and father sky, and ultimately to the Great Spirit. As the honored pipe keeper, this older man holds up a Catlinite pipe adorned with eagle feathers. He wears and eagle feather headdress, and his buckskin shirt is adorned with beadwork, dyes, horsehair and ermines. This noble portrait is about belief in the essence of life itself.
Provenance: Exhibited at Quest for the West at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana in September 2019.
Painted in oils on Belgian linen mounted on Gatorboard panel.
Custom hand crafted black frame with gold liner.
Painting size: 40" x 30" (102 cm x 76 cm)
Framed size: 50.5" x 40.5" (128 cm x 103 cm)
This painting is currently in the virtual exhibition Making Their Mark: American Women Artists at the Booth Western Art Museum.
It is available to purchase from Krystii Melaine, but not eligible for Trade pricing.