Kneeling Maternity Figure with a Bowl in the Shape of a Chicken (Olúmèye)

early 20th century

African Art

On view, 1st floor, African Art


Wood and pigment


15 3/4 × 10 7/16 × 9 1/4 in. (40 × 26.5 × 23.5 cm)

Credit Line

Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection

Accession Number



20th century


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Jay C. Leff, Uniontown, Pennsylvania. M. Alder, 1973. Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004


  • 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, 300, fig. 19.
  • "Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006): 222.
  • Art of Black Africa: Collection of Jay C. Leff, exh. cat. (Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Museum of Art, 1969), no. 211, fig. 211.
  • African Tribal Art from the Jay C. Leff Collection, exh. cat. (Gainesville, FL: University of Florida, March 5, 1967- March 26, 1967), no. 39, fig. 39.
  • African Sculpture from the Collection of Jay C. Leff, exh. cat. (New York: Museum of Primitive Art, November 25, 1964- Febuary 7, 1965), no. 4, ill.
  • Exotic Art: from Ancient and Primitive Civilizations, exh. cat. (Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Museum of Art, 1959), n.p., no. 333.

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Object/Work type

figures (representations), sculpture

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