We saw this pair recently and were very surprised. We thought we had already seen all the Indian bookends, but this pair was new to us. It is probably very rare.
An Indian holding his pipe sits with his back against a large tree trunk, with a fire circle at his feet. Two tipis are in the background. The scene is enclosed in an art-nouveau or aesthetic style frame. It has the feel of a George Caitlin painting.
Tipis were houses for the plains Indians. Each tipi was constructed from supporting poles, tied at the top to give a cone shape and covered with tanned bison hides. A tipi could be disassembled and carted away, pulled by dogs or horses. Portability was very important because these people were nomadic and followed the herds of bison across the plains. The tipi on the bookends is representative of what artists in the early 20th century thought tipis looked like, it does not show flaps for a smoke hole and is therefore referred to as a stylized cone according to the author of “Historic Photos of Tipis” website.