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The exodus of Soninke residents from centers such as Jenne-jeno by 1400 likely led some among them to resettle in the nearby Bandiagara plateau. That locale’s arid climate preserved wood sculpture, which was produced there as early as the tenth century. Some among these early wood artifacts formally resemble fired-clay and cast-metal artistic creations made in the Middle Niger valley.
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