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African Art

Reliquary Staff Finial with Six Human Heads

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood and brass

8 7/8 × 3 3/8 × 3 3/8 in. (22.5 × 8.5 × 8.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Geography Gabon
19th–20th century
Tools and Equipment

Ralph Nash, London, to June 15, 1973; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1973–2004;Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Frederick John Lamp, “Charles Benenson and His Legacy of African Art to Yale,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004): 26, 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), 114, ill.

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