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African Art

Female Figure

early 20th century

Wood

27 × 6 7/8 × 4 3/4 in. (68.58 × 17.46 × 12.07 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.170
Geography: 
Made in Sierra Leone
Made in Liberia
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Mende
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Cornelis Pieter Meulendijk, Rotterdam, to 1980. Christie's, London, October 21, 1980, lot 7. Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1980–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Afrikaanse sculpturen uit de collectie van C. P. Meulendijk, exh. cat. (Rotterdam, Netherlands: Museum voor Land- en Volkenkunde, 1967-1968), 61, no. 2/02.

Christie’s London, London, Christie’s: The Meulendijk Collection of Tribal Art, Part 1, sale cat. (October 21, 1980), 11, lot 7, ill.

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: The Center for African Art, 1990), 138, fig. 67.

“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), 159, 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.