Reliquary Staff Finial with Six Human Heads

late 19th–early 20th century

African Art


Wood and brass


8 7/8 × 3 3/8 × 3 3/8 in. (22.5 × 8.5 × 8.5 cm)

Credit Line

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

Accession Number



19th–20th century


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 records is ongoing.



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, 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
  • "Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006), 222
  • Frederick John Lamp, "Charles Benenson and His Legacy of African Art to Yale," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004), 26, ill
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Object/Work type

heads (representations), human figures (visual works), staffs (walking sticks)

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