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African Art

Female Janus Figure

early 20th century

Wood, pigment, encrustation, and metal

26 × 5 7/8 × 5 3/8 in. (66.04 × 14.92 × 13.65 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Guinea Coast, Nigeria
Igbo or Idoma
20th century

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


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, 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), 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.