African Art
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Palm Wine Cup

19th century


5 × 4 1/2 × 4 1/2 in. (12.7 × 11.43 × 11.43 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Osborn for the Linton Collection of African Art
Democratic Republic of the Congo
19th century
Containers - Wood

Acquired by Leo Frobenius (1873–1938), Germany, during his Kongo-Kasia Expedition, 1904–1906 (Frobenius Institute Register Number KBA 04590~d). Dr. Ralph Linton (1893–1953), New Haven, Conn., by 1953 [see note 1]; by descent to his wife, Adelin Hohlfield Linton (1899–1977) New Haven, Conn.; sold to Marie-Louise Montgomery Osborn (1905–1968) and James Marshall Osborn (1906–1976), New Haven, Conn., 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.


Ralph Linton, The Linton Collection of African Sculpture: An Exhibition, March 13 through April 18, 1954, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1954), no. 82.

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