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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery

Female Figure

early 20th century

Wood, seed, and string

unconfirmed: 36 1/4 x 10 x 10 in. (92 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
2011.51.1
Geography: 
Country Liberia
Culture: 
Vai
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Previously believed to be Manet Helen Fowler: unknown dates
Research conducted in 2016 found the piece to be part of the Charles E. Mitchell Memorial Collection in the 1930s, in the library of the Mwalimu school, Harlem, NY.
His wife Elizabeth is credited with assembling the collection during his service as US minister resident, in Liberia from 1931-1933. Manet Harrison Fowler (Manet Helen Fowlers mother) was the founder of the Mwalimu school, Harlem, NY.
Purchased from dealer David Norden by Yale University Art Gallery in 2011

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2011.pdf (accessed March 1, 2012).

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.