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Chief’s Sceptre

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood, glass beads, fiber, and brass tacks

17 11/16 x 3 9/16 x 2 15/16 in. (45 x 9 x 7.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.62
Culture: 
Chokwe, Moxico school
Period: 
19th–20th century
Classification: 
Tools and Equipment
Geography: 
Made in Central Africa, Angola
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Possibly Charles Ratton, Paris. Possibly Alan Mann, London, about 1970. K. John Hewett, London, to July 5, 1973; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn,1973–2004;Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Susan Vogel, African Sculpture: The Shape of Surprise, exh. cat. (Greenvale, N.Y.: C. W. Post Gallery, 1980), 4, no. 173, ill.

Boris Wastiau, “A Piece of Chokwe Court Art: A Sceptre from Angola,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2005): 68–79, fig. 1–3.

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

Frederick John Lamp, Accumulating Histories: African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2012), 73, 109, fig. 1.

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.