Helmet (Sigi Kun)

A work made of wood and pigment.

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  • A work made of wood and pigment.

Date:

Mid-19th/mid-20th century

Artist:

Bamana or Malinke
Mali
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

The style and incised surface designs of the standing female figure at the center of this helmet suggest that it was made by a Bamana artist. Echoing those of buffalo, the framing horns fit within a visual theme that is widespread in West Africa, referencing ideas of male power, authority, and prestige. Among the Bamana and other Mande-language speakers, such helmets were called sigi kun (buffalo head) and used by hunters’ associations.

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Artist

Bamana

Title

Helmet (Sigi Kun)

Origin

Mali

Date

1850–1950

Medium

Wood and pigment

Dimensions

H. 70 cm (29 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

African and Amerindian Curator's Discretionary Fund; through prior restricted gift of the Alsdorf Fund; through prior gift of Mrs. Ernest B. Zeisler; through prior restricted gift of the American Hospital Supply Corp.; through prior gift of the Britt Family Collection, Gwendolyn Miller and Herbert Baker; through prior restricted gift of the Alsdorf Foundation; African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund; through prior gift of Deborah Stokes and Jeffrey Hammer in honor of Milton Gross; through prior gift of Muriel Kallis Newman; through prior bequest of Florene May Schoenborn

Reference Number

2018.362

Extended information about this artwork

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