Head of a King

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Head of a King, 1525-1575
Alternate Title: Portrait Head of a Princess / Head Pedestal
, Head
West African
16th century
Creation Place: Benin
22.7 x 21 x 23 cm (8 15/16 x 8 1/4 x 9 1/16 in.)
with base: 31.3 x 24.4 x 23 cm (12 5/16 x 9 5/8 x 9 1/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller)
, 1937.38
Department of Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
Louis Carré, Sold to Rockefeller at Knoedler, NY, 1936. Carré Collection sale, January 3, 1936, no. 997(?).
Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Purchased at Carré Collection sale, Knoedler NY, 1936, Gift to Fogg Art Museum, 1937.
[Unidentified article], brochure, (December 1932)

Charles Ratton, "Les Bronzes du Bénin", Cahiers d'Art (1932), no. 3, pp. 209-216, repr. p. 216

Louis Réau, L'Art Primitif; L'Art Médiéval, A. Colin (Paris, France, 1934), p. 21, repr.

Bronzes and Ivories from the Old Kingdom of Benin, exh. cat., Knoedler & and Co. Inc. (New York, NY, 1935), no. 1, repr.

James Johnson Sweeney, African Negro Art, exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York (New York, NY, 1935), no. 264

Louis Carré, "Benin, The City of Bronzes", Parnassus (New York, NY, January 1936), p. 12; repr. in b&w, p. 14

Emanuel M. Benson, "Benin - a Dead People and a Living Art", The American Magazine of Art (Washington, D.C., January 1936), pp. 36-38 and repr. on cover

Frederick Bruce Robinson, "The Art of the Kingdom of Benin", Harvard Alumni Bulletin (Cambridge, MA, April 23, 1936), vol. XXXIX no. 26, pp. 822-825

"African Bronze Princess Given to Fogg Museum is Exhibited", Boston Evening Transcript (April 22 1937), p. 5, p. 5, repr.

Frederick Bruce Robinson, "Exhibition of Benin Bronzes", Boston Evening Transcript (April 17 1937), section 6, p. 7, section 6, p. 7

Loan Exhibition of the Art of the Kingdom of Benin, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1937), p. 8, no. 51

Lawrence S. Cunningham and John J. Reich, Culture & Values: A Survey of the Humanities, Thomson Wadsworth (Belmont, CA, 2006), p. 545, repr. in b/w as fig. 20.2

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 82, repr.

Exhibition History
Exposition de bronzes et ivoires du royaume de Bénin, Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris, 06/15/1932 - 07/15/1932
African Negro Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 03/01/1935 - 03/31/1935, no. 264
Bronzes and Ivories from the Old Kingdom of Benin, M. Knoedler & Co., Newport, 11/25/1935 - 12/14/1935, no. 1
Sculpture from the Kingdom of Benin, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1937 - 04/29/1937, no. 51
Problems in Portraiture, Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 10/16/1937 - 11/30/1937; The Phillips Collection, Washington, 12/01/1937 - 12/31/1937
The Heavenly Twins: Edward W. Forbes, Paul J. Sachs and the Building of a Collection, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/23/1995 - 12/17/1995
Re-View: S422-423 Western Art of the Middle Ages & Renaissance, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011
Landmarks of World Art and Architecture, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/04/2012 - 01/19/2013