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Helmet Mask

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood, pigment, fiber, and encrustation

10 × 7 × 15 1/2 × 19 in. (25.4 × 17.78 × 39.37 × 48.26 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.539
Geography: 
Donga valley, Sardauna Province, Cameroon
or Donga valley, Sardauna Province, Nigeria
Culture: 
Mambila
Period: 
19th–20th century
Classification: 
Masks
Provenance: 

Purchased at Guy Loudmer, Paris, July 2, 1987
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004

Bibliography: 

Guy Loudmer, Paris, Art Primitifs, sale cat. (July 2, 1987), n.p., lot 299.

“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), 75, 299, fig. 19.

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.