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Headdress in the Shape of an Animal Head

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood, skin, monkey fur, tusks, feathers, cotton cloth, metal, cotton thread, and rattan

13 × 8 7/8 × 18 5/16 in. (33 × 22.5 × 46.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.82
Geography: 
Guinea Coast, Nigeria
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Boki
Period: 
19th–20th century
Classification: 
Masks
Provenance: 

Purchased from Sotheby's, New York, November 29-30, 1984; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1984–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Sotheby’s, New York, Important Tribal Art, African, and Oceanic Art, Including the Collection of Mrs. Wilfredo Lam, sale cat. (November 29–30, 1984), lot 296, 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), 118, 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.