African Art

Miniature Mask

early 20th century

Wood, monkey fur, iron, animal tooth, pangolin scale, and pigment

20 1/16 x 4 15/16 in. (51 x 12.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.252
Culture: 
Songye
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Masks
Geography: 
Made in Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

Gaston de Havenon, New York: unknown date-Apr. 16, 1979
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004

Bibliography: 

Warren M. Robbins, African Art: the De Havenon Collection, exh. cat. (Washington, DC: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 1971), n.p., no. 226, fig. 226.

Richard Barnes, “Objects of Desire,” Yale Alumni Magazine (September/October 2004): 35, ill.

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

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), 55, 194, fig. 8.

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.