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African Art

Human Figure

early 20th century

Wood and metal

8 3/4 × 2 7/8 × 2 3/4 in. (22.23 × 7.3 × 6.99 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Luba, Shankadi subgroup
20th century

Possibly collected before 1930; Christie's, London, 1985; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1985–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Christie’s London, London, Art and ethnography from Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific, sale cat. (June 24, 1985), ill.

Richard Barnes, “Objects of Desire,” Yale Alumni Magazine (September/October 2004): 33, 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), 171, ill.

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