Zoomorphic dance crest "mishi koun" or "kamalen sogo koun"Click here to view a larger version of the image
Lot: 22699th Auction
Zoomorphic dance crest "mishi koun" or "kamalen sogo koun"
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|American Private Collection||H: 40.6 inch||sold|
wood, two parts (bird attachment), metal, base
In Colleyn, a comparable mask is called "mishi koun" (Colleyn, Zurich 2001, p. 195).
Elsewhere (Davis, New Orleans 1981, p. 56) it is called antelope headdress "kamalen sogo koun" - "kamalen" (young men) and "sogo" (animal) - which is danced by young men of the "ton" youth association. The antelope is inextricably linked to agriculture among the Bamana. The bird represents rain.