Chief's Sceptre

late 19th–early 20th century

African Art

On view, 1st floor, African Art

Wood, glass beads, fiber, and brass tacks


17 11/16 × 3 9/16 × 2 15/16 in. (45 × 9 × 7.5 cm)

Credit Line

Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection

Accession Number



19th–20th century


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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.
  • 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), 73, 109, fig. 1
  • Boris Wastiau, Chokwe (Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2006), 120, fig. 22
  • "Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006), 222
  • Boris Wastiau, "A Piece of Chokwe Court Art: A Sceptre from Angola," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2005), 68–79, fig. 1–3
  • Susan Vogel, African Sculpture: The Shape of Surprise, exh. cat. (Greenvale, N.Y.: C. W. Post Gallery, 1980), 4, no. 173, ill
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Object/Work type

ceremonial objects, scepters

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