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African Art

Helmet Mask

early 20th century

Wood, fiber, and pigment

11 7/8 × 8 7/8 × 7 1/8 in. (30.16 × 22.54 × 18.1 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.321
Geography: 
Guinea Coast, Nigeria
Culture: 
Isoko
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Masks
Provenance: 

Philippe Guimiot, Brussels: unknown dates, purchased in Nigeria
J. J. Klejman (John), New York : unknown date-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), 270, fig. 705.

Susan Vogel and Jerry L. Thompson, Closeup: Lessons in the Art of Seeing African Sculpture from an American Collection and the Horstmann Collection, exh. cat. (New York: Museum for African Art, 1990), 148, fig. 78.

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), 219, 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.