African Art

Comb with a Mother and Child

late 19th–early 20th century


7 7/8 × 1 9/16 × 1 3/8 in. (20 × 4 × 3.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Democratic Republic of the Congo
or geography Angola
On view
19th–20th century

Philippe Guimiot, Brussels, to June 28, 1982; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1982–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Susan Vogel and Jerry L. Thompson, Closeup: Lessons in the Art of Seeing African Sculpture from an American Collection and the Horstmann Collection, exh. cat. (New York: Museum for African Art, 1990), 173, fig. 104.

Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter, African Art in American Collections (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989), 410, fig. 1042.

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

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2006–June 30, 2007,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2007): 4, ill.

Frederick John Lamp, “Charles Benenson and His Legacy of African Art to Yale,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004): 26, 40, ill.

Roger Vokaer, La maternité dans les arts premiers/Het Moederschap in de Primitive Kunsten, exh. cat. (Brussels: Société Generale de Banque, 1977), 67, no. 58.

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), 115, ill.

Arthur Bourgeois, Yaka (Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2014), 119, fig. 8.

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.