African Art

Dance Headdress Representing an Antisocial Woman (D’mba-da-Tshol)

early 20th century


17 5/16 × 5 13/16 × 9 1/4 in. (44 × 14.7 × 23.5 cm)
Purchased with a gift from Mrs. Stephanie W. Kessler, B.A. 1979 in memory of Charles B. Benenson, B .A. 1933
Pukur or Baga, Sitem subgroup
20th century

Jay C. Leff, unknown date–1967
Sotheby's Park Bernet,1967, lot 24
Thomas Gaghan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1967–2007
Todd Zieseniss, The Shaman Gallery, Quakertown, PA, 2007–2008
Purchased by Yale University Art Gallery in 2008 from Todd Zieseniss


Frederick John Lamp, Art of the Baga: A Drama of Cultural Reinvention, exh. cat. (New York: Museum for African Art, 1996), 163–66 (comp. cit.).

Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, African Art from the Collection of Jay C. Leff, sale cat. (April 22, 1967), lot 24.

Exotic Art from Ancient and Primitive Civizations, from the Collection of Jay C. Leff, exh. cat. (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art, October 15, 1959- January 3, 1960), Red Park Bernet tag under socle with the number “24”.

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008): 168–69, ill.

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