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Kneeling Female Figure (Pomdo)

ca. 10th–16th century


5 1/2 × 2 3/16 × 2 9/16 in. (14 × 5.5 × 6.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
or geography Guinea Coast, Sierra Leone
Sapi or Kissi

René Guyot, Paris and Monrovia, by 1974. Emile Deletaille, Brussels, to April 15, 1983; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1983–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Susan Vogel and Jerry L. Thompson, Closeup: Lessons in the Art of Seeing African Sculpture from an American Collection and the Horstmann Collection, exh. cat. (New York: Museum for African Art, 1990), 138, fig. 66.

Aldo Tagliaferri and Arno Hammacher, Fabulous Ancestors: Stone Carvings from Sierra Leone and Guinea (New York: Africana Pub. Co, 1974), no. 62, ill.

“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), 99, 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.