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Bamana peoples, Mali
Antelope Headdress, Ci Wara or Sogoni Kun
Wood
H. 20 in. (50.8 cm)
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection
Indiana University Art Museum, 87.24.3

The strength and grace of an antelope are very clearly conveyed in this sculpture, which was meant to be worn affixed to a basketry cap. Strength and grace are also characteristics that the Bamana deem necessary for a person to be a good and successful farmer, and so it is particularly appropriate that this image appears at dances and ceremonies affirming the importance of agriculture.