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African Art

Adze Handle in the Shape of a Woman

early 20th century


14 15/16 × 4 1/2 × 3 3/4 in. (38 × 11.5 × 9.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Made in Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
On view*
Wongo or Lele
20th century
Tools and Equipment

Cornelis Pieter Meulendijk, Rotterdam, by 1968. Christie's London, October 21, 1980.
Sotheby's by 1989.Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Afrikaanse sculpturen uit de collectie van C. P. Meulendijk, exh. cat. (Rotterdam, Netherlands: Museum voor Land- en Volkenkunde, 1967-1968), 82, no. 37/01.

Christie’s London, London, Christie’s: The Meulendijk Collection of Tribal Art, Part 1, sale cat. (October 21, 1980), 74, lot 181, ill.

Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1998), 173, fig. 12.

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006): 222.

Frederick John Lamp, Amanda Maples, and Laura M. Smalligan, Accumulating Histories: African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2012), 89, ill.

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