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African Art

Staff Surmounted by a Female Figure

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood, encrustation, and feathers

12 1/2 × 2 × 2 1/2 in. (31.75 × 5.08 × 6.35 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Republic of Benin
Fon or Yorùbá
19th–20th century
Tools and Equipment

New York. Sotheby's, Nov. 29-30, 1984
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004


Sotheby’s, New York, Important Tribal Art, African, and Oceanic Art, Including the Collection of Mrs. Wilfredo Lam, sale cat. (November 29–30, 1984), lot 270, ill.

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

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

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), 270, ill.

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