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African Art

House Post with Superimposed Male and Female Figures with Birds

early to mid-20th century

Wood and pigment

46 × 5 1/2 × 5 1/2 in. (116.84 × 13.97 × 13.97 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.354
Geography: 
Guinea Coast, Nigeria
Culture: 
Yorùbá
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Architectural Elements
Provenance: 

Maurice Bonnefoy (b.1920 in France–1999) (dealer, D’Arcy Galleries), New York and Garennes-sur-Eure, to 1972 [see note 1]; Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004

Note 1: D’Arcy Galleries operated from about February 1957 to June 1968, in New York; Bonnefoy continued to trade in objects and circulate exhibitions from his own signification collection of non-Western art through the 1980s.

Bibliography: 

“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), 231, 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.