|Inventory Item NAPT-00010
|UNIDENTIFIED Artist, Relief Sculpture, Carved Ebony on Three Legs, Benin, 18"
This item was
deaccession on April 4, 2017, which it was bequeathed to
the American Folk Art Museum in accordance to the terms
and agreements with the directives of Neal A. Prince, at
the time of his death.
Date: Late 19th Century
Medium: Primitive Relief Sculpture
Materials: Carved Ebony
Markings: Images of the Cycle of Human Native Life
Dimensions: 18” high,
No, item stands upright on three (3) legs.
One of the three legs of the sculpture were repaired in 1953)
Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000010
Provenance: Neal Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999
Mr. Neal Prince
Mr. Neal Prince and Mr. Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.¹
Provenance: Source documentation for the Fine Arts Appraisal for Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr., May 12, 1964, Page 4/13
is fully noted within Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. (a/k/a Bert) insurance policy executed by Neal Prince in 1964 and is filed with the Smithsonian Institute American Archives
Box 6, in Folders 13-18.
Benin was the site of
Dahomey, a prominent West African kingdom that rose in the 15th century. The territory
became a French Colony in 1872 and achieved independence on
1st August 1960, as the
Benin. A succession of
military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu Kerekou and the establishment of a government base on
Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in
former Prime Minister Nicephore Soglo as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in
a dictatorship to a democracy. Kerekou was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001.
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