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African Art

Altar Bell

18th–19th century

Brass

7 3/4 × 4 × 4 in. (19.69 × 10.16 × 10.16 cm)
Bequest of Erika and Thomas Leland Hughes, B.A. 1945, LL.B. 1949
2014.121.8
Geography: 
Made in Nigeria
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Edo, Benin Kingdom
Period: 
18th–19th century
Classification: 
Musical Instruments
Provenance: 

"Found by Cmdr. F.W. Hammond R.N. during the punitive expedition of 1887 under the command of Admiral Sir Harry Rawlinson K.B.G.R.N." - written on sticker inside of bell.
Sotheby's, New York, May 15, 1981, lot 119. Gift of Mrs. Erika Hughes to Yale University Art Gallery in 2014

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2015,” http://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2015_updated%2012_16_15.pdf (accessed December 1, 2015).

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.