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Kneeling Woman Holding a Pipe

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Wood, pigment, glass mirror, fiber, copper alloy
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 9 13/16 x 3 15/16 x 3 3/4 in. (25 x 10 x 9.5 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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CAPTION Yombe. 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)
IMAGE overall, 22.1426_edited_version_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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