Adena Man(hattan)

Replica of the Adena Man on the steps of the Met.  Thank you Metropolitan Museum of Art!

Replica of the Adena Man on the steps of the Met. Thank you Metropolitan Museum of Art!


From March 9 through May 10, 2015, visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will have one final chance to view Ohio’s State Artifact, the Adena Effigy Pipe. The Pipe is featured in the international touring exhibit The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky. It seems like yesterday Curator of Archaeology, Brad Lepper, and I were at the installation in Paris for the opening of this exhibit at the Musée du Quai Branly. (Click here for more on that adventure!)
I made it! Adena Man lying in his shipping crate awaiting condition reporting and installation.

I made it! Adena Man lying in his shipping crate awaiting condition reporting and installation.


Recently, I traveled to New York City to assist with the unpacking and assessment of the pipe’s condition before it was installed. The Adena Effigy Pipe is at the front and center of the exhibit, welcoming visitors into the gallery and kicks off the period in Native American history before European contact on the exhibit’s timeline.

It is an honor for us to share Ohio’s State Artifact with museums on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, but we are looking forward to its return to the Ohio History Center in Summer 2015 for our visitors to enjoy.

For more information on this exhibit at the Met, click here. Adena Man has been on the go in New York City since my visit. See what he’s been up to on the Ohio History Connection Archaeology Blog.

Installation complete! The original Adena Man is safe and sound in his display case with custom mount.  His alter ego looks on.

Installation complete! Adena Man is safe and sound in his display case with custom mount. His alter ego looks on.

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Lesley Poling, Registrar

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