The combined pipe and tomahawk became a crucial diplomatic tool in Native culture. European colonists presented pipe tomahawks as gifts during diplomatic agreements and treaty signings with tribes. Pipe tomahawks eventually became status symbols within the tribes. Chiefs who received pipe tomahawks at treaty signings carried them their entire lives. As signs of prestige, pipe tomahawks often were held by Native American Chiefs while being photographed.
Approximate specifications are as follows:
Head Length: 19.5cm
Blade length: 6.5cm