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Stool Supported by Four Male and Female Figures Figures

early 20th century

Wood, iron, and pigment

16 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 13 in. (41.91 x 34.29 x 33.02 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
possibly Limba, Baga or Bassa
20th century
Country Guinea
Country Sierra Leone
Made in Liberia
Not on view

"Reportedly acquired from a Baga" as per Sotheby’s, London, Important Tribal Art, June 23, 1986 lot 30
Purchased at Sotheby’s, London, June 23, 1986
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004


Sotheby’s, London, Important Tribal Art, sale cat. (June 23, 1986), lot 30, ill.

“Sotheby’s advertisement,” Arts d’Afrique Noire 58 (1986): n.p., ill.

Susan Vogel and Jerry L. Thompson, Closeup: Lessons in the Art of Seeing African Sculpture from an American Collection and the Horstmann Collection, exh. cat. (New York: The Center for African Art, 1990), 136-137, fig. 65.

Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1998), 26, fig. B.

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

Frederick John Lamp, Accumulating Histories: African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2012), 256, 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.