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Divination Tapper (Iro Ifa)

19th century


15 3/8 × 1 3/4 in. (39 × 4.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Guinea Coast, Republic of Benin
or geography Guinea Coast, Nigeria
On view
19th century
Tools and Equipment

Morris J. Pinto, Paris, to Nov. 8, 1976; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1976–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“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.

Frederick John Lamp, “Hot Space, Cool Space: The Reinstallation of the African Art Collection in the Louis Kahn Building at Yale University,” African Arts 40 (Summer 2007): 36, fig. 1.

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.

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.