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Ci Wara Bambara Crest Mask (N° 16399)

The Ti-wara in African art.
It would be an animal - genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. They recall the myth through the stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name ci wara means "fauve of the earth". Decorated on the head and the sides of metal veneers engraved with the repulsed, the ears and snout are also embellished with cotton yarn pompoms attached to pearls. The top of the horns tilted backwards is also covered with leather and hair. This vertical sculpture of Ci Wara is represented here with successive arches depicting the mane, so it is a male antelope. Masks usually danced as a couple. Mate patina, sparse abrasions. Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a basket-making hat, these crests accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the ton , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks roamed the field, leaping away from the nyama, evil scents, and detecting any danger, or to hunt down evil geniuses that could delight the souls of cultivated plants and the vital force of their seeds.

Established in central and southern Mali, the Bambara ," Bamana " or " unbelievers ", as the Muslims have named them, belong to the large Mande group, along with the Soninke and Malinke. Animists, they believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala, who has 266 sacred attributes. One, every day of the 9 lunar months that lasts the gestation of a child. Ngala maintains the order of the universe. His existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, who gave all the qualities to men and who grows the fruits of the earth.  

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Originex-collection française
Material(s)wood, metal, cuir, coton
Weight1.94 Kg

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