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African Art

Headdress in the Form of a Winged Woman (Tiyambo)

mid-20th century

Wood, paint, and nails

40 13/16 × 38 3/4 × 10 5/8 in. (103.7 × 98.4 × 27 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Made in Guinea Coast, Guinea
On view
20th century

Possibly Jeremiah Cole, Los Angeles and Atlanta, unknown date-before 1992
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004


Susan Vogel, Africa Explores: 20th Century African Art, exh. cat. (New York: The Center for African Art, 1991), 84–85, no. 16, fig. 16.

Frederick John Lamp, Art of the Baga: A Drama of Cultural Reinvention, exh. cat. (New York: Museum for African Art, 1996), 217, fig. 208a–b.

“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), 240, 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.