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African Art

Double-Axe Staff for Sàngó (Osé Sàngó)

19th century


26 × 6 5/16 × 2 3/16 in. (66.04 × 16 × 5.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Guinea Coast, Nigeria
Ìjèbú Yorùbá
19th century
Tools and Equipment

Luisa Mueller, Brussels, before 1970. Entwistle and Co., London, to April 30, 1992; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1992–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


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

Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 174, pl. 157.

Richard Barnes, “Objects of Desire,” Yale Alumni Magazine (September/October 2004): 33, ill.

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), 196, 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.