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African Art

Adze in the Form of a Female Figure

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood, iron, and pigment

11 5/8 × 1 3/4 × 10 1/16 × 11 1/2 in. (29.5 × 4.5 × 25.5 × 29.21 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kuba or Lele
19th–20th century
Tools and Equipment

Mathias Komor, New York, to May 20, 1977; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn 1977–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“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), 94, ill.

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