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Ti Wara (N° 22879)

A skillfully arched structure, openwork, and engraved with streaks to represent the coat, here forms one of the variants of African sculpture Ci Wara of the Bambara, Bamana, a decorative element prized by collectors. Speckled matte patina.

Sculpted by the blacksmith numu, who also plays the role of diviner and healer, this vertical, stylized crest is represented here with the successive arcs figuring the mane of a male antelope. It would be an animal - genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. The latter remember the myth through the stylized representation of an antelope antelope, whose name ci wara means "wild animal of the earth". Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a basketry hat, these crests accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tòn, an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks traversed the field while leaping in order to hunt from this one the nyama, malefic effluvia, and to detect any danger, or to flush out the malevolent genies who could delight the soul of the cultivated plants as well as the vital force of their seeds.


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OriginEx-collection française
Material(s)wood, coton, cuir, crin
Height cm105
Width8 cm
Weight1.85 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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