African Art

Stool for a Sàngó Altar

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood and pigment

16 × 13 in. (40.64 × 33.02 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
This stool depicts an equestrian figure surrounded by four standing figures: a mother and child, a drummer, a woman holding a sacrificial cock and a covered vessel with a removable lid, and an armed man holding the reins of the horse. The equestrian refers to the Oyo Kingdom and suggests that the stool might have been used as a seat for a dignitary of high rank at a Sàngó shrine.
Guinea Coast, Nigeria
or geography Guinea Coast, Republic of Benin
On view
Ketu Yorùbá
19th–20th century

Pace Gallery, New York, to Mar.29, 1982; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1982–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


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

Frederick John Lamp, 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), 123, ill.

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