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African Art
Artist: Francis Osei Akwasi, born 1946

Female Figure (Akua’ba)

late 20th century

Wood, metal, glass beads, string, and pigment

18 5/16 × 8 1/4 × 2 15/16 in. (46.5 × 21 × 7.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Kumasi, Guinea Coast, Ghana
20th century

Michael Kan, Detroit: unknown date - Sept. 2, 1980
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004


Michael Kan, African Art: Masterpieces from Private Collections, exh. cat. (Katonah, NY: Katonah Museum of Art, 1993), n.p., ill.

Frederick John Lamp, “Charles Benenson and His Legacy of African Art to Yale,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004): 30, ill.

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

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), 214, 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.