The Native American Indian and plains buffalo coexisted in an organic balance between nature and man. The American Indian developed a close and many times spiritual relationship with the buffalo. The sacred plains buffalo became an integral part of the evolving religion of the Plains Indian. Their diet of primarily buffalo created a unique physiological relationship.The adage "You are what you eat" was never more applicable than in the symbiotic relationship between the buffalo and the Plains Indian. The Plains Indian culture was intrinsic with the buffalo culture. The two cultures could not be separated without mutual devastation. The pipe tomahawk is in excellent condition with no repairs or damage.
Nice buffalo society cutout on the head, the cutout is the face of the buffalo. The head is forged and a nice seam is seen in the eye. Remnants of a hide gasket between eye and haft can still be seen. Ash haft is original to the head. The brass tacks are original old tacks.
All along the haft are many ceremonial file branding marks made by placing a file or rasp in the fire until it was bright red and then burning the file into the haft. This was done for aesthetic "looks" and ceremonial purposes. The haft is diamond shaped and has several knobbed areas along its length. Completing the haft is a small brass mouthpiece on the end, original to the tomahawk. A true work of art by itself!
VERY NICE patina all over, really shows its age! The buffalo head cutout is a very desirable style. Conservatively dated to 1860 but may be earlier. The haft of the tomahawk is measuring 26.5" long and the head is measuring about 10" long.
From a relative's advanced collection. Thanks for looking and God bless you all! The item "Original Sioux Indian Pipe Tomahawk RARE Buffalo Society Forged Head Mid 1800's" is in sale since Sunday, May 06, 2018.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "relicandroll" and is located in Johnson City, Tennessee.
This item can be shipped worldwide.