African Art

Female Janus Figure

early 20th century

Wood, pigment, encrustation, and metal

26 x 5 7/8 x 5 3/8 in. (66.04 x 14.92 x 13.65 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.340
Culture: 
Igbo or Idoma
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Geography: 
Made in Guinea Coast, Nigeria
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

Lucien Van de Velde, Antwerp: ca. 1970 or before
Khepri van Rijn (Louis Pieter Cornelis [Lode] van Rijn), Amsterdam: unknown dates
possibly Pace Gallery, New York: unknown date-before 1980
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004

Bibliography: 

Susan Vogel, African Sculpture: The Shape of Surprise, exh. cat. (Greenvale, N.Y.: C. W. Post Gallery, 1980), no. 92.

“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), 225, 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.