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African Art
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Ceremonial Bell Surmounted by a Female Figure

late 19th century

Wood

6 × 2 1/2 × 1 1/2 in. (15.24 × 6.35 × 3.81 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Osborn for the Linton Collection of African Art
1964.76.3
Geography: 
Democratic Republic of the Congo
or geography Cabinda, Angola
or geography Republic of the Congo
Culture: 
Kongo
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Musical Instruments
Provenance: 

Dr. Ralph Linton (1893–1953), by 1953 [see note 1]; by descent to his wife, Adelin Hohlfield Linton (1899–1977); sold to Marie-Louise Montgomery Osborn (1905–1968) and James Marshall Osborn (1906–1976), 1954; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.,1964

Note 1: Ralph Linton was the Sterling Professor of Anthropology at Yale from 1946 until his death in 1953.

Bibliography: 

Robert Farris Thompson, “Icons for the Brave and Generous: Kongo Art at Yale,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2005): 85–86, fig. 8.

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.