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African Art

Female Figure

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood, brass, and iron

13 1/2 × 3 1/4 × 2 1/2 in. (34.29 × 8.255 × 6.35 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Democratic Republic of the Congo
On view
Luba Skankadi
19th–20th century

Possibly Jacques Hartelet, La Jolla, California, late 1970's–mid-1980. Possibly Belinco Inc. Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Francois Neyt, Arts Traditionnels et Histoire au Zaire: Cultures Forestie`res et Royaumes de la Savane, exh. cat. (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: Institut Superieur d’Archeologie et d’Histoire De l’Art, 1981), 247, no. XIII 11, fig. XIII 11.

William Rubin, “Primitivism” in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern, 2 vols., exh. cat. (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1984), vol. 1, p. 161, ill.

Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts and Allen F. Roberts, Memory: Luba Art and the making of History, exh. cat. (new York: Museum for African Art, 1996), 66-67, no. 19, fig. 19.

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006): 222, 225, ill.

Frederick John Lamp, “Hot Space, Cool Space: The Reinstallation of the African Art Collection in the Louis Kahn Building at Yale University,” African Arts 40 (Summer 2007): 47, fig. 22.

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), 172, 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.