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Kuba - This delightful pipe is complete and intact. It has a sumptuous patina from years of leisurely handling. The wooden bowl is separately carved from the midsection and the the mouthpiece is bone. Traditional Kuba designs, similar to patterns seen in Kuba textiles, encircle the bowl and the segments of the wooden stem. Along the top of the pipe the carver has rendered the head of an antelope with long gently curving horns- most likely a lechwe, a species once common in marshy areas of…

Kuba - This delightful pipe is complete and intact. It has a sumptuous patina from years of leisurely handling. The wooden bowl is separately carved from the midsection and the the mouthpiece is bone. Traditional Kuba designs, similar to patterns seen in Kuba textiles, encircle the bowl and the segments of the wooden stem. Along the top of the pipe the carver has rendered the head of an antelope with long gently curving horns- most likely a lechwe, a species once common in marshy areas of…

Carved Wooden ‘Basket’ Camwood Powder Bowl & Cover Kuba People, Congo 19th century height: 5.5cm, diameter: 17cm  - The form and patterns carved into this solid wooden box and cover clearly are meant to imitate traditional Kuba cane baskets. The cover has a raised central  section of square form, the corners of which are raised to emulate the form of a traditional basket. The feet of the base, though not as pronounced, follow this  form.

Carved Wooden ‘Basket’ Camwood Powder Bowl & Cover Kuba People, Congo 19th century height: 5.5cm, diameter: 17cm - The form and patterns carved into this solid wooden box and cover clearly are meant to imitate traditional Kuba cane baskets. The cover has a raised central section of square form, the corners of which are raised to emulate the form of a traditional basket. The feet of the base, though not as pronounced, follow this form.

Africa | Bowl from the Tera people of Wuyo, Nigeria | Gourd; geometric motif  | Late 20th century

Africa | Bowl from the Tera people of Wuyo, Nigeria | Gourd; geometric motif | Late 20th century

Africa | Bowl with figures. Made by Olowe of Ise. ca. 1875 -1938. Yoruba peoples. Nigeria | Wood and paint | This prestige bowl, owned by someone of high status, likely held kola nuts, a traditional gesture of hospitality presented to guests and offered to deities during rituals.

Africa | Bowl with figures. Made by Olowe of Ise. ca. 1875 -1938. Yoruba peoples. Nigeria | Wood and paint | This prestige bowl, owned by someone of high status, likely held kola nuts, a traditional gesture of hospitality presented to guests and offered to deities during rituals.

Bowl, Geometric Pattern, 19th–20th century; Fulani  Fulani people; Mali, western Sudan  Wood

Bowl, Geometric Pattern, 19th–20th century; Fulani Fulani people; Mali, western Sudan Wood

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