African Art
Artist: Osei Bonsu, 1901–1977

Linguist’s Staff Finial with Male Figure and Bird

ca. 1950

Wood and gold leaf

17 1/2 x 4 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. (44.45 x 11.748 x 11.43 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
20th century
Tools and Equipment
Made in Guinea Coast, Ghana
On view

Possibly Merton D. Simpson, New York, 1984. Possibly Samir Borro, Brussels and Paris.
Possibly Michael Kan.Possibly Wright Gallery, New York, early 1990's.Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“Sotheby’s advertisement,” Arts d’Afrique Noire 58 (1986): 30.

Allen F. Roberts, Animals in African Art: from the Familiar to the Marvelous, exh. cat. (New York: Museum for African Art, 1995), 178-179, no. 138, ill.

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

Frederick John Lamp, Accumulating Histories: African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2012), 161, ill.

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