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Fly Whisk with a Human Mask Model

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood, horse tail hair, brass, and leather

34 × 6 1/2 × 3 7/8 in. (86.36 × 16.51 × 9.84 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Guinea Coast, Cameroon
On view
19th–20th century
Tools and Equipment

Possibly Pace Gallery, New York. Jacques Kerchache, Paris, to October 26, 1973; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1973–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


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

Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter, African Art in American Collections (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989), 318, fig. 816.

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, 140, 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.