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Ceremonial Pipe – Wood- Mangbetu- Congo


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Stylistic well carved wooden pipe from the Mangbetu people of DR Congo. The detailed sculpture is surrounded by 4 Mangebetu children figures.

The art of the northern savanna is associated with the sumptuous royal courts of the Mangbetu peoples. At its height during the second half of the nineteenth century, Mangbetu aristocrats surrounded themselves with a wide variety of finely crafted boxes, jars, stools, pipes, musical instruments and weapons. This distinctive tradition of anthropomorphic sculpture developed around 1900. Although such forms predate the colonial presence, European patrons greatly increased the demand for them.
Pipes adorned with such elaborately carved tobacco bowls were the prerogative of the Mangbetu ruling aristocracy.

Provenance: Manfred Schäfer collection, ex- gallery owner from Ulm, Germany.

Including professional custom made stand.

Object Ceremonial Pipe
Ethnic group: Mangbetu
Country: DR Congo
Material: Wood
Estimated period: Mid 20th century
Sold with stand: Yes
Dimensions: 40x10x10 cm
Weight: 900 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear


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