Staff with a Power Figure

late 19th–early 20th century

African Art

On view, 1st floor, African Art


Wood, brass, copper, glass beads, shells, seed pods, cotton, animal claws, horn, feathers, fiber, and coin


38 × 7 1/16 × 6 in. (96.5 × 18 × 15.24 cm)

Credit Line

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

Accession Number



19th–20th century


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Merton Simpson, New York; John Friede (b. 1938), New York, from 1970; Michael Oliver, New York, to Aug. 18, 1981;Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn; 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), 147, ill.
  • Frederick John Lamp, "Hot Space, Cool Space: The Reinstallation of the African Art Collection in the Louis Kahn Building at Yale University," African Arts 40 (Summer 2007): 38–39, fig. 5.
  • "Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006): 222, ill.
  • Richard Barnes, "Objects of Desire," Yale Alumni Magazine (September/October 2004): 38, ill.
  • Frank Herreman, To Cure and Protect: Sickness and Health in African Art, exh. cat. (New York: Museum for African Art, 1999), 39, no. 64, fig. 64.
  • 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: Museum for African Art, 1990), 172-173, fig. 103.
  • Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter, African Art in American Collections (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989), 410, fig. 1043.
  • African Accumulative Sculpture: Power and Display, exh. cat. (New York: Pace Primitive, September 21, 1974-October 19, 1974), 53, no. 123, ill.

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staffs (walking sticks)

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