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!)
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.
Lesley Poling, Registrar