African art > African pipes in wood, in bronze > Pipe Ngeende
Among the Kuba clans, the Ngeendes produced an abundance of prestigious sculptures, sometimes intended for neighbouring groups. This figurative pipe is composed of a cephalomorphic furnace, which takes the characteristics of the hairstyles of the notable kuba, flared headdress and braids in the shape of twisted horns. Zoomorphic, geometric and annal pattern alternate, etched in relief on the pipe.
On the tradition, the Ngeende, which is believed to be descended from the mythical ancestor Woot, came from the north of the Sankuru River. After being defeated by a Bushoong king, they entered the Kuba kingdom in the 16th century. They worship ngesh, spirits of nature, like the Kete. They produced a large number of masks associated with Woot's history.