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African Art

Mask Surmounted by a Lizard-like Animal (Kholuka)

early 20th century

Wood, rattan, cloth, pigment, and leather

25 × 7 1/2 × 8 7/8 in. (63.5 × 19 × 22.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Democratic Republic of the Congo
or Angola
On view
20th century

Ruth and Ernst Anspach, New York: 1967-unknown date
Michael Oliver, New York, unknown dates
Pace Gallery, New York: unknown date-1981
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004


Museum of Primitive Art, African Tribal Sculpture from the Collection of Ernst and Ruth Anspach, exh. cat. (New York: Museum of Primitive Art, November 15, 1967-Febuary 4, 1968), 27, ill.

Brainard Hall Art Gallery, African Sculpture: Rare and Familiar Forms from the Anspach Collection, exh. cat. (Potsdam, NY: State University of New York, 1975), no. 27.

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

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

“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), 258, 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.