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Sogoni Kun Headdress, early 20th century
Bougouni region, Mali; Bamana
Wood, fiber beads, H: 20 in, W: 13 in, D: 3 in
Purchase 1954 Sophronia Anderson Bequest Fund  54.372
On View
Interpretation: Bamana headdresses are inspired in form by the roan antelope but can also include features of other animals, including an aardvark. Such headdresses are most frequently associated with performances of the Ci Wara association. This men's agricultural organization celebrates the work of successful farmers and honors the mythic being believed to have introduced agriculture to the Bamana. Similar headdresses are also performed as entertainment by youth groups and other community associations.
Alternate Title: Female Sogoni Koun Headdress

Provenance: John J. Klejman Gallery, by at least 1954; Newark Museum, purchase, 1954
Exhibition History:
"Arts of Africa," permanent galleries, Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey (installed 2008).

Keywords: Headdress, Headgear, Antelope, Female Figure, Woman