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Helmet Surmounted by a Male Equestrian Figure

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood, pigment, and metal

20 in. (50.8 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Country Ivory Coast
Country Burkina Faso
Country Mali
On view
19th–20th century

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Cohen, New York. Alexander Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri (Thomas Alexander) to May 19, 1988; Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004


Robert Goldwater, Senufo Sculpture from West Africa, exh. cat. (New York: Museum of Primitive Art, 1964), 75-76, no. 77, 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), 73, 215, fig. 17.

Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi and Constantijn Petridis, Senufo Unbound: Dynamics of Art and Identity in West Africa, exh. cat. (Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2014), 92, fig. 58.

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.