Ngbaka. <em>Pipe with Human Face (Boka)</em>, 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)

Pipe with Human Face (Boka)


Medium: Wood, copper alloy, iron, cowrie shell

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th or early 20th century

Dimensions: 21 x 2 3/4 x 4in. (53.3 x 7 x 10.2cm)


Accession Number: 22.1254

Image: CUR.22.1254_front_PS5.jpg,

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.

Brooklyn Museum