Pipe with Human Face (Boka)
Arts of Africa
Wood, copper alloy, iron, cowrie shell
late 19th or early 20th century
21 x 2 3/4 x 4in. (53.3 x 7 x 10.2cm) (show scale)
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Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Ngbaka. Pipe with Human Face (Boka), late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, copper alloy, iron, cowrie shell, 21 x 2 3/4 x 4in. (53.3 x 7 x 10.2cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1254. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.1254_front_PS5.jpg)
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Cone-shaped bowl attached to curved stem. The distal side of the bow-stem carved into a human face. Facial contours treated in a concave manner. Ears pierced and cowrie shells and hair-tassels strung through aperture. Stem and bowl wound with brass and iron stripping. Surface wear.
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