African Art

Architectural Panel with Tortoise

early to mid-20th century

Wood and pigment

32 1/2 x 13 x 7in. (82.5 x 33 x 17.78 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.584
Culture: 
Nkanu
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Architectural Elements
Geography: 
Made in Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

Cornelius Pieter Meulendijk, Rotterdam, unknown date-October 21, 1980
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004

Bibliography: 

Afrikaanse sculpturen uit de collectie van C. P. Meulendijk, exh. cat. (Rotterdam, Netherlands: Museum voor Land- en Volkenkunde, 1967-1968), 80, no. 30/04.

Renee Wassing, African Art: Its Background and Traditions (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1968), 81, ill.

Christie’s London, London, Christie’s: The Meulendijk Collection of Tribal Art, Part 1, sale cat. (October 21, 1980), 65, lot 156.

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006): 222.

Frederick John Lamp, Accumulating Histories: African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2012), 317, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.