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Oya

Sonya Clark (American, 1967-)


Sonya Clark is an African-American artist who is inspired by African cultures. In this work, she focuses on the Yoruba deity Oya, wife of the god Sango. Worshippers seek to gain her favor, as well as that of her powerful husband. This headpiece consists of two prominent pointed forms, which may refer to the double axheads of Sango staffs. The pointed forms may also reference king’s crowns.

Sonya Clark, Madison; purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art (2002).

Object Information

artist
Sonya Clark (American, 1967-)
creation date
2000
materials
cloth, beads, metal ornaments
accession number
2002.80
credit line
Gift of Judith B. Murphy
copyright
© Sonya Clark