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African Art

Night Society Mask

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood, pigment, and encrustation

12 1/2 × 11 5/8 × 11 5/8 in. (31.75 × 29.5 × 29.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.126
Geography: 
Guinea Coast, Cameroon
Culture: 
Bamileke
Period: 
19th–20th century
Classification: 
Masks
Provenance: 

Helene and Philippe Leloup, New York and Paris, to May 31, 1984; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1984–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

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

Richard Barnes, “Objects of Desire,” Yale Alumni Magazine (September/October 2004): 35, ill.

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), 72, 138, fig. 15.

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.