Stone sculpture of the Mississippian period depicting a chunkey player

Sculptural Pipes and Sacred Materials in the Mississippian World

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. [...]

Photo: Mississippian artist, Chunkey player effigy pipe © Courtesy of the Saint Louis Science Center

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.