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Pipe with Human Face (Boka)

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Wood, copper alloy, iron, cowrie shell
DATES late 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 21 x 2 3/4 x 4in. (53.3 x 7 x 10.2cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION 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)
IMAGE front, CUR.22.1254_front_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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