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African Art

Male Figure (Nkishi)

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood, antelope horn, cowrie shell, oil, and pitch

12 5/8 × 2 15/16 × 3 1/8 in. (32 × 7.5 × 8 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.18
Geography: 
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Culture: 
Songye
Period: 
19th–20th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Possibly Merton Simpson, New York. Sacred Symbols Gallery, to Aug. 5, 1980; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn 1980–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

“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), 90, ill.

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.