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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
2006.51.459
Geography: 
Republic of Benin
Culture: 
Fon or Yorùbá
Period: 
19th–20th century
Classification: 
Tools and Equipment
Provenance: 

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

Bibliography: 

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

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.

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.

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.