The Ngbaka pipe was a prestige object owned by a chief or notable who used it during ceremonial occasions. This pipe has a cylinder shape with a concave human face with incised lines of scarification above the nose extending to the forehead. A metal bowl emerges from the torso, the missing curved metal pipe stem would have been inserted into the hole at the top of the head.
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: From a New Mexico collection
Materials: Wood, pigment and metal
Dimensions: 7 3/4in. high x 1 3/4 in. wide
Condition: Figure appears in good condition, missing metal pipe stem
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