FIGY, GOLETA AREA OF SANTA BARBARA, 19th Century. One of the more remarkable seal-effigy pipes yet found by this site. This artifact comes from the same 19. Century cache-area where other smoke pipes have been uncovered.In the late 1800s, a group of stone artifacts were removed along the eastern beach dunes of Goleta, just west of Santa Barbara. MANY reed-style, marine-animal effigy pipes were found during that time period. Previous listings reflected those finds, including the current effigy pipe. This is a hefty pipe with a seal looking to one side.
Dings, abrasion scratches nicks and on the bottom area and front hole it apparently was repaired well before acquired by this site. That said, a small reed placed in the front hole would act as a pipe stem for the smoker-owner. The number of similar effigy pipes uncovered in one cache along a beach area strongly suggests some type of ritualistic/ceremonial activity associated with the marine animals in the prehistoric Goleta beach region--seals were--and still are-- present in vast numbers along the shore. And they were a superb food and utility source.
The ancient Chumash lived along the coast and frequented the many mountain caves just north of the beach. This artifact is clearly an impressive example of their skill. Effigy pipes are well known among the Chumash as were sea-animal carvings.On Santa Catalina island to the south, many whale-effigy / seal carvings have been unearthed over the decades. An interesting and excellently formed small seal pipe uncovered in the late 19th century. From an unusually rich collection! The item "PIPE SEAL-EFFIGY, GOLETA AREA OF SANTA BARBARA, 19th Century" is in sale since Friday, July 01, 2016.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Erie, Colorado.
This item can be shipped to United States, to Canada, to United Kingdom, DK, RO, SK, BG, CZ, FI, HU, LV, LT, MT, EE, to Australia, GR, PT, CY, SI, to Japan, SE, KR, ID, to Taiwan, ZA, to Belgium, to France, to Hong Kong, to Ireland, to Netherlands, PL, to Spain, to Italy, to Germany, to Austria, IL, to Mexico, to New Zealand, SG, NO, SA, UA, AE, QA, KW, BH, HR, MY, CL, CO, CR, DO, PA, TT, GT, SV, HN, JM.