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African Art

Human Figure (Iginga)

19th century


6 1/2 × 1 15/16 × 1 9/16 in. (16.5 × 5 × 4 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Made in Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
On view
19th century

Jay C.Leff, Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Sold at Parke-Bernet Galleries Inc., New York, African Art from the Collection of Jay C.Leff, April 22, 1967. Sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, "Important African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian Art, Property of Jay C. Leff", October 10-11, 1975. Gaston de Havenon, New York, to 1983; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn 1983–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, African Art from the Collection of Jay C. Leff, sale cat. (April 22, 1967), lot 110.

Daniel Biebuyck, Lega Culture: Art, Initiation, and Moral Philosophy among a Central African People (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Printing Department, 1973), pl. 82, ill.

Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, Important African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian Art Property of Jay C. Leff, sale cat. (October 10–11, 1975).

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006): 222, 225, ill.

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), 97, ill.

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