Power comes to individuals as a gift from the spirit world and ultimately from the Creator. The frog seated on the Frog Effigy Platform Pipe represents a spiritual intermediary through whom power flows. The act of smoking tobacco is intended as an offering, a gift in return for the spirit being's blessings. Note that the frog faces the smoker when the pipe is used.
Artist Havana, Native American
  • Frog Effigy Platform Pipe
Date between 1st and 2nd century
Medium clay
Dimensions Overall (by sight): 2 × 2 3/4 × 1 1/4 inches (5.1 × 7 × 3.2 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase with funds from Flint Ink Corporation
Accession Number 1986.61
Department Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas
On View Native American S131, Level 1 (see map)
ca. 1958, found by S. R. Wolfolk (Troy, Missouri, USA).
before 1980, John Taylor (Troy, Missouri, USA).
1984 (Robert Onkin, Manito, Illinois, USA);
ca. 1984, (John Baldwin, West Olive, Michigan, USA);
1987-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
"Notes on recent acquisitions." Bulletin of the DIA 64, no. 1 (1988): 55 (ill.).