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African Art
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Guardian Reliquary Figure

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood and brass tacks

20 7/8 × 5 1/8 × 4 15/16 in. (53 × 13 × 12.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Country Southern, Cameroon, Guinea Coast
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19th–20th century

Czwschka, about 1900. Reynold C. Kerr (Ethnos Gallery), New York, to 1978; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1978–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Susan Vogel, African Sculpture: The Shape of Surprise, exh. cat. (Greenvale, N.Y.: C. W. Post Gallery, 1980), 32, no. 109, 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), 73, 128, fig. 16.

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.