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African Art

Staff Surmounted by a Human Head

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood, fiber, and pigment

18 11/16 × 3 3/4 × 2 3/16 in. (47.5 × 9.5 × 5.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Democratic Republic of the Congo
19th–20th century
Tools and Equipment

Edward Klejman, Paris: unknown date - before 1981
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004


Susan Vogel, Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts, and George Nelson Preston, Sets, Series and Ensembles in African Art, exh. cat. (New York: Museum for African Art, 1985), n.p. (comp. cit.).

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

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

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

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.