Sculptural Pipes and Sacred Materials in the Mississippian World

carved red stone figure seated with his legs crossed, adorned with rich jewelry
Mississippian artist, “Big Boy” pipe
© courtesy of the University of Arkansas Museum Collections

With polished, ruddy hues and two piercing, wide eyes, the sculptural pipe known to archaeologists as “Big Boy” commands attention. Excavated from a mortuary context at the site of Spiro in present-day Oklahoma, United States, this deeply meditative figure, his visual details, and his materiality have much to tell us.

Read more in the first issue of Convergence.

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