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African Art

Female Figure

early to mid-20th century

Wood, leather, string, beads, and shell or plastic

25 × 7 3/4 × 5 in. (63.5 × 19.69 × 12.7 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Sahel, Burkina Faso
Mossi or Gurunsi
20th century

Cornelis Pieter Meulendijk, Rotterdam. Christie's, London, October 21, 1980; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1980–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Afrikaanse sculpturen uit de collectie van C. P. Meulendijk, exh. cat. (Rotterdam, Netherlands: Museum voor Land- en Volkenkunde, 1967-1968), 71, no. 13/03.

Christie’s London, London, Christie’s: The Meulendijk Collection of Tribal Art, Part 1, sale cat. (October 21, 1980), 11, lot 8, ill.

Renee Wassing, African Art: Its Background and Traditions (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1968), 245, no. 44, 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), 151, 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.