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Sonya Clark is an African-American artist who is inspired by African cultures. In this work, she focuses on the cone-like pointed forms of Yoruba king's crowns. A similar form also communicates power in the neighboring Benin Kingdom, where the mother of a king wears a pointed headpiece adorned with red coral beads. The surface ornaments relate to sequin-covered objects of Haitian religious traditions.
Sonya Clark, Madison; purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2002.