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African Art

Headdress Representing a Water Spirit

mid to late 20th century

Wood, textiles, paint, cardboard, nails, and thread

71 1/4 × 20 × 18 in. (181 × 50.8 × 45.72 cm)
Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection
Guinea Coast, Sierra Leone
On view
Temne, Ode-Lay association
20th century

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


Frederick John Lamp, “Charles Benenson and His Legacy of African Art to Yale,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004): 34, ill.

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

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): 49, fig. 27.

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), 202, ill.

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.