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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 ...

Pipe Ngeende Cuba
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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.

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Luba ceremonial water pipe
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Set on the stove of a water pipe, this sculpture depicting the female ancestor Luba, a spiritual medium associated with royalty, features a cross-haired hairstyle behind a broad headband that reveals a shaved forehead. The tiara is indeed extended by a sophisticated hairstyle that was composed of braids and copper wires. The so-called 'epi' scarifications, the tactile mnemonic code, cover the abdomen and lower abdomen, directing the gaze towards the protruding umbilical. The attitude, hands placed on the chest, implies that the secrets of royalty (the bizila) belong to women through their role as political and spiritual intermediaries.
Satin brown Patine. Height on a base: 36 cm.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, ...

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Pipe anthropomoprhe Mangbetu
African art > pipe > Pipe Mangbetu

Established in the forest in northeastern Zaire, the Mangbetu kingdom has expressed itself through architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, adornments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The Mangbetu story was based on the refinement of his court but also on cannibalistic customs. King Mangbetu Munza was so dubbed The cannibal king. The body lines on the characters, like those of the face, include the traditional paintings of the ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the nearby Asua pygmies, and which varied according to the circumstances. Indeed, among the Mangbetu from an early age, upper-class children suffered a compression of the cranial box, held tight by rapia ties. Later, the hair was 'knitted' on ...

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Luba Shankadi large water pipe
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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 ...

Great Luba Water Pipe
African art > Usual african items > Pipe Luba

The object here-versus uses a water pipe. Its sculpted handle takes the form of a medium female figure, with classic Luba features, sporting traditional body scarifications, sitting qualifourchon on the head of the piece. Her hairstyle, behind a large headband delimiting a shaved forehead, evokes those of luba women at the beginning of the 20th century. His gesture symbolizes the power of Luba women, holders of the secrets of royalty (the bizila) and non-uniform, satin-like, brown spiritual mediums.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, so the name (Baluba, which means \

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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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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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