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Anthropomorphic Pipe (Boka)

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Wood, copper alloy, iron, vegetable material
DATES late 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 10 3/4 x 3 x 6 3/4in. (27.3 x 7.6 x 17.1cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Tobacco pipe of carved, brown-stained hard wood made in three parts: 1) Bowl carved out of head that has scarification markings and coiffure; 2) Three tubes from head to third part, all bound with copper stripping; 3) Unconventional body that has breasts carved on top and lower body carved as a single form with decorative crosshatching on the upper surface and a hole at the end. Pipe shows use with traces of tobacco in bowl. Surface wear.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Ngbaka. Anthropomorphic Pipe (Boka), late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, copper alloy, iron, vegetable material, 10 3/4 x 3 x 6 3/4in. (27.3 x 7.6 x 17.1cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1245. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 22.1245_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 22.1245_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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