Yombe. <em>Kneeling Woman Holding a Pipe</em>, 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)

Kneeling Woman Holding a Pipe


Medium: Wood, pigment, glass mirror, fiber, copper alloy

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:19th century

Dimensions: 9 13/16 x 3 15/16 x 3 3/4 in. (25 x 10 x 9.5 cm)


Accession Number: 22.1426

Image: 22.1426_edited_version_SL1.jpg,

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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