This very beautiful sogoni kun headdress (usually called
tyi wara) represents a stylized antelope caring two young ones
on her back (three pairs of horns). In use during agrarian
festivities of the secret male initiation association tyi wara
of the young farmers, this object (decorated with small incised
circles) was to favor harvests.
The sogoni kun headdress, set on top of the head using a
wicker basket, was the attribute of the male initiation association
tyi wara whose fundamental principles are to harmonize the
life of the Man, the fertility of the cultures and the place of the
Man within cosmos. The body represents the antelope (dega)
that first taught people to farm. Symbol of fecundity, the sogoni
kun expresses art to make a ground fertile ; symbol of Man's
origins, it also expresses the creation of the universe by analogy of
the symbols and the myths.
Probably 19th century or earlier.
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