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Helmet Mask Representing a Cow (Sùàgà)

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood, pigment, and fiber

6 7/8 × 7 7/8 × 22 1/16 in. (17.5 × 20 × 56 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Guinea Coast, Cameroon
On view
19th–20th century

Philippe Guimiot, Brussels, to June 16, 1979; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1979–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Elsy Leuzinger, Afrikanische Kunstwerke: Kulturen am Niger, exh. cat. (Essen, Germany: Kulturstiftung Ruhr, March 25, 1971-June 13, 1971), no. 262.

Masques du Monde, exh. cat. (Brussels: Société Generale de Banque, June 28, 1974), no. 59, ill.

Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter, African Art in American Collections (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989), 306, fig. 780.

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: Museum for African Art, 1990), 161, fig. 91.

Richard Barnes, “Objects of Desire,” Yale Alumni Magazine (September/October 2004): 39, ill.

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

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2006–June 30, 2007,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2007): 4, ill.

Holland Cotter, “At Yale, Renovation Puts African Art in Spotlight,” New York Times (January 10, 2007), E5, 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), 178, 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.