Sitting Bull, as a medicine man, had more than one peace pipe. When he returned to the U.S. after escaping to Canada, he was taken prisoner and his possessions destroyed. Later he received pipes made by Red Fish of the Standing Rock reservation. This red Catlinite pipe bowl was used while he was with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, but was broken during the show's travels. As a broken pipe, it could not be used. It was sold to Thompson, a Lakota who also traveled with the show.
Adjacent to the bowl is a replicated puzzle pipe stem, as Sitting Bull formerly owned.