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African Art

Mask Surmounted by a Figure of Mami Wata

mid to late 20th century

Wood, textile, cardboard, paint, nails, and metallic thread

15 × 12 × 12 in. (38.1 × 30.48 × 30.48 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Made in Sierra Leone
Not on view
Temne, Ode-Lay association
20th century

Jeremiah Cole, Los Angeles and Atlanta: unknown dates
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004


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

Henry John Drewal, “Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diaspora,” African Arts 41 (2008): 77, fig. I.6.

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), 201, ill.

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