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African Art

Human Figure (D’mba)

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood

10 1/16 × 3 3/4 × 4 1/8 in. (25.5 × 9.5 × 10.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.108
Geography: 
Made in Guinea Coast, Guinea
Culture: 
Baga, Sitem subgroup, Bulungits, or Pukur
Period: 
19th–20th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Jeremiah Cole, Los Angeles and Atlanta; Alan Brandt, New York, to May 08, 1981; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1981–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

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: The Center for African Art, 1990), 136, fig. 63.

Frederick John Lamp, Art of the Baga: A Drama of Cultural Reinvention, exh. cat. (New York: Museum for African Art, 1996), 192, no. 184.

Frederick John Lamp, “Charles Benenson and His Legacy of African Art to Yale,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004): 42, 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), 131, 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.