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African Art
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Female Figure

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood and porcelain

7 × 2 1/2 × 2 1/2 in. (17.78 × 6.35 × 6.35 cm)
Gift of Thomas M. Osborn for the Linton Collection of African Art
1980.113.2
Geography: 
Made in Central Africa, Republic of the Congo
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Bembe
Period: 
19th–20th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Dr. Ralph Linton, Sterling Professor of Anthropology at Yale, unknown date–1953
James M. Osborn, 1954–1970
Thomas M. Osborn donated to Yale University Art Gallery for the Linton Collection of African Art in 1980

Bibliography: 

Robert Farris Thompson, Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American art and philosophy (New York: Random House, 1983), 125, fig. plate 74.

Sarah Adams, Call and Response: Journeys of African Art, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2000), 7, fig. 7.

Robert Farris Thompson, “Icons for the Brave and Generous: Kongo Art at Yale,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2005): 82–83, fig. 2.

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.