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African Art

Helmet Mask (Kabongo)

early to mid-20th century

Wood and pigment

17 5/16 × 9 1/4 × 10 5/8 in. (44 × 23.5 × 27 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kuba, North Kete subgroup
20th century

F. Rolin & Co., New York: unknown date - Feb. 11, 1977
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004


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

Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter, African Art in American Collections (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989), 419, fig. 1067.

Richard Barnes, “Objects of Desire,” Yale Alumni Magazine (September/October 2004): 36, 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), 276, 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.