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Local Tobacco Pipe

Local Tobacco Pipe This hand-formed pipe, dating to the second quarter of the 17th century, was made from the Virginia red clay. It has an octagonally facetted large bowl with chamfered edges. The heel consists of a diamond-shaped pad with an incised cross.

It is possible that Indians were producing local pipes such as this for trade with the colonists. The pipe bowls on Indian pipes are typically much larger than the European bowls because the Indians did not think of the tobacco pipe as a personal possession. Tobacco was smoked as part of their religious rituals and ceremonies of friendship where the pipe would be passed around and shared with many individuals.

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