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African Art

Multifigure Altar

18th–19th century

Wood and encrustation

14 3/4 × 5 11/16 in. (37.5 × 14.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.216
Geography: 
Sahel, Mali
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Dogon
Period: 
18th–19th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Mr. and Mrs. Morris J. Pinto, Paris, to May 9, 1977; Sotheby's, London, May 9, 1977, cat. no. 104. Judith Small Nash, New York, to December 20, 1983; Charles B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Conn, 1983–2004; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Sotheby’s, London, African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian Art from the Pinto Collection, sale cat. (May 9, 1977), 63, lot 104.

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, 224, 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), 179, 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.