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Headdress Surmounted by a Lion, Three Birds, and a Serpent

19th century

Copper alloy

17 1/8 × 7 1/2 in. (43.5 × 19.05 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.420
Geography: 
Guinea Coast, Republic of Benin
Culture: 
Fon
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Masks
Provenance: 

Cristian Duponcheel, Brussels: unknown date - 1970's
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004

Bibliography: 

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

Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter, African Art in American Collections (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989), 290, fig. 537.

“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), 255, 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.