August 25, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


Sioux Catlinite Pipe Bowl Collected by John S. Boyden, Sr. (1906-1980)

rounded pipe bowl with slightly tapering anterior projection; decorated with carved concentric rings, length 8.25 in. x height of bowl 4.25 in.
late 19th century

JOHN S. BOYDEN, Sr., J.D. (1906 - 1890)   Growing up in the small town of Coalville, Utah, Mr. Boyden developed an interest in American Indians from an early age. His home was located on the Shoshone Indian migration route, and he had plenty of opportunities to watch them first-hand. Occasionally he found arrowheads when digging in the soil. Someone, noting his interest, gave him a piece of black Indian pottery. This marked the beginning of his lifelong hobby of collecting American Indian artifacts. Mr. Boyden graduated from the University of Utah Law School and, as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Utah, advised several different American Indian tribes.  He was assigned by the Department of Justice to study the judicial system of the Navajo Tribe, requiring him to live on the reservation for a number of weeks. Later, in private practice, he represented various tribes. He served as General Counsel and Claims Counsel for the Hopi Indian Tribe for thirty years. Through these experiences he developed a great appreciation for American Indian culture and had many close friends among the American Indian people. Mr. Boyden was elected as the first member from Utah to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and was given the Honorary Order of the Coif. He served as Chairman of the Utah Board of Indian Affairs and held many other positions of public service. Mr. and Mrs. Boyden had a great interest in American Indian art and collected over along period of time beautiful rugs, pottery, kachinas, baskets, beaded items, and other objects.

Provenance:Deaccessioned by the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University; Collected by John S. Boyden, Sr. (1906-1980)

Estimate: $300 - $500
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