Bird Headdress with Mask (Kpakologi) and Costume (Onilegagi)


Feathers (including touraco and guinea fowl), fiber, white and black pigment, wood, cotton cloth, metal,leather,hide, and reeds


77 × 40 × 26 in. (195.58 × 101.6 × 66.04 cm)
mask with headdress: 40 1/2 × 15 × 17 1/2 in. (102.87 × 38.1 × 44.45 cm)

Credit Line

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

Accession Number



20th century


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 records is ongoing.



Jeremiah Cole, Los Angeles and Atlanta, unknown date - 1982
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), 306, ill
  • Lisa R. Brody et al., "Ceremonial Objects: An Unusual Costume and the Leopard Society," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2010), 106–7, fig. 1
  • Ian McClure, Laurence Kanter, and Lisa R. Brody, "Introduction," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2010), 28, ill
  • Frederick John Lamp, "Hot Space, Cool Space: The Reinstallation of the African Art Collection in the Louis Kahn Building at Yale University," African Arts 40 (Summer 2007), 40, fig. 7
  • "Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006), 222
  • Frederick John Lamp, "Charles Benenson and His Legacy of African Art to Yale," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004), 38, ill
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Object/Work type

ceremonial objects, headdress, headgear, masks (costume)


birds (animals)

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