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African art - pipe:

The use of the pipe is ancestral and it has been called Africa, the "land of pipes" as the number and the variety is great. Cameroon is the country that has supplied a very large quantity of pipes, whether they are in wood for the private citizen or in bronze if it is devolved to the chief. The pipe has a social and human role in the Cameroonian society, it says "it soothes the hearts", "it gives happiness", it directs the thoughts "etc ...

Lwena Chokwe Pipe
African art > African Statues > Statue Luéna

Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sanctity of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwes never fully embraced these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they eventually seized the capital of Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwe did not have centralized power but great chiefdoms. They were the ones who attracted artists who wanted to put their know-how at the exclusive service of the court. The artists created so many varied and quality pieces that the Lunda court employed only them. Aimed in most cases at satisfying the thirst for prestige of their holders, however, ...

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Luba Shankadi large water pipe
African art > pipe > Luba pipe

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Riding the furnace of a water pipe, this Luba female effigy, a spiritual medium, has classic features in an ovoid face. Its Shankadi-type headdress, behind a wide headband that unveils a shaved forehead, evokes the hairstyles of Luba women at the beginning of the twentieth century. Her attitude, with her hands positioned on both sides of the chest, reminds us that the secrets of royalty (bizila) belong to women through their role as political and spiritual intermediary. Satin brown patina.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a Central African people. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the lubu river, so the name (Baluba, which means «the Lubas»). They were born of a secession of the Songhoy ethnic group, under the ...

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Pipe Zande, Azande
African art > Usual african items > Statue Zandé

African tribal art counts two types of Azande statues.
This Zande ritual pipe offers a face with wide heart orbits that a middle ridge divides. Notches form the character's nose and mouth. Cauris are encrusted, showing half-closed eyelids. Wicker fills the neck, ears, and base of the pipe. The furnace symbolically placed at the level of umbilical prominence brings a special singularity to this object. The whole thing is coated with a crusty black brown patina.
Kudu statues between 30 and 50 cm high represent ancestors. There are also statues known as Yanda of 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an apotropaic role and being exhibited during divinatory rites during the rituals of the Mani society. Formerly referred to as " Niam-Niam because they are considered ...

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