African Art

Mask Representing a Flying Spirit (Nwantantay)

early 20th century

Wood, pigment, fiber, and metal staples

81 1/8 x 12 5/8 x 9 1/16 in. (206 x 32 x 23 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.227
Culture: 
Bwa
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Masks
Geography: 
Made in Sahel, Burkina Faso
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Merton Simpson, New York: unknown date - January 15, 1973
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004

Bibliography: 

Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter, African Art in American Collections (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989), 90, fig. 99.

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006): 222, 226, ill.

Frederick John Lamp, Accumulating Histories: African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2012), 186, 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.