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African Art

Lion Figure

early to mid-20th century

Brass and copper

16 × 18 × 7 in. (40.64 × 45.72 × 17.78 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.418
Geography: 
Republic of Benin
Culture: 
Fon
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Kwabena Opoku, New York (originally Ghana): unknown date - Janaury 12, 1990
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006): 222.

Frederick John Lamp, “Charles Benenson and His Legacy of African Art to Yale,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004): 29, ill.

Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004): ill. cover.

Richard Barnes, “Objects of Desire,” Yale Alumni Magazine (September/October 2004): 40, ill.

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), 74, 255, fig. 18.

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.