Fly Whisk with a Human Mask Model

late 19th–early 20th century

African Art

On view, 1st floor, African Art

Wood, horse tail hair, brass, and leather


34 × 6 1/2 × 3 7/8 in. (86.36 × 16.51 × 9.84 cm)

Credit Line

Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection

Accession Number





19th–20th century


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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.

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

fly whisks, human figures (visual works)

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