In the late 1800s, a group of stone artifacts was uncovered 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.
The number of similar effigy pipes uncovered in one cache strongly suggests some type of ritualistic/ceremonial activity associated with the marine animals in the prehistoric Goleta beach area--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. This is a small pipe with a seal looking to one side. Dings, abrasion scratches on bottom platform. A small reed placed in the front hole would act as a pipe stem for the smoker-owner.
Small 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 effigy pipe uncovered in the late 19th century. The item "PIPE SEAL-EFFIGY, PLATFORM. GOLETA AREA OF SANTA BARBARA, 19th Century" is in sale since Monday, May 02, 2016.This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Lafayette, 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, TR, CL, CO, CR, DO, PA, TT, GT, SV, HN, JM.