Kneeling Woman Holding a Pipe
Arts of Africa
Wood, pigment, glass mirror, fiber, copper alloy
9 13/16 x 3 15/16 x 3 3/4 in. (25 x 10 x 9.5 cm) (show scale)
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Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Kongo (Yombe subgroup). Kneeling Woman Holding a Pipe, 19th century. Wood, pigment, glass mirror, fiber, copper alloy, 9 13/16 x 3 15/16 x 3 3/4 in. (25 x 10 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1426. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 22.1426_edited_version_SL1.jpg)
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Female figure holding a tobacco pipe at waist partly open mouth showing teeth. Double string of white beads around neck. Glass mirror at umbilical area. Nicks in a decorative pattern (scarification on upper back). Necklace (no longer around neck) has five miniature standing figures on a wire with remnants of green fiber. Each figure holds bottom lip with both hands. The two large and three small figures are strung on wire through space between neck and hands. Each has a crested headdress and a raised carving (keloid, possibly) on forehead.
Condition: Left wrist cracked, headdress broken.
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