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

early 20th century

Wood and pigment

15 3/4 x 10 7/16 x 9 1/4 in. (40 x 26.5 x 23.5 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
2006.51.542
Culture: 
Yoruba, Èkìti subgroup
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Geography: 
Made in possibly Efon-Alaye, Eketi, Guinea Coast, Nigeria
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

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

Bibliography: 

Exotic Art: from Ancient and Primitive Civilizations, exh. cat. (Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Museum of Art, 1959), n.p., no. 333.

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.

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.

Art of Black Africa: Collection of Jay C. Leff, exh. cat. (Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Museum of Art, 1969), no. 211, fig. 211.

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

Frederick John Lamp, 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.

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.