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Ciwara crest masks are among the most famous pieces of African art. Incomparable masterpieces of the Bamana culture in Mali and Senoufo in Mali and Ivory Coast.


Crest Ci wara Bamana figurative
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Figurative version of Ti-wara, Ci wara, in African art. It would be an animal - genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. The latter recall the myth through the stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name ci wara means "wilderness of the earth". The piece is enhanced with fine decorative motifs raised in copper.
Matt brown patina, ochre residue.
The Bambara, Bamana, of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and Malinke. Animists, they believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala who maintains the order of the universe. His existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, who gave all the qualities to men and who makes the fruits of the earth ...

Tyi Wara Kun Bambara crest mask
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Ex French tribal art collection.
Bambara in African art. Composite abstract variant of Ci Wara, this tribal art sculpture evoking the antelope is developed into a zoomorphic body with two horizontally extended heads of horns, probably referring to a reference to twinning in the creation of the Bambara world. Underlined with rhombic motifs and parallel incisions, the object was restored in situ using metal staples and vegetable fibers. The matt oily patina is eroded in many places, revealing a clear, desiccated wood. Rectangular metal base. Carried at the top of the skull and held in place by a kind of little basket, these tyiwara masks, more generally crest, accompanied the dancers during the rituals of tòn, an association dedicated to agrarian cults. The masks roamed the field ...


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Large mask Ci wara of Bamana
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Ex-collection French African art.
This variant of the African sculpture Ci Wara of the Bambara, Bamana, forms a decorative element prized by collectors. Its dimension here is larger than usual. It would rather be in this case a piece intended for an altar. Striations engraved on the surface show the peeling, and a copper loop adorns an ear. Matt patina. Sculpted by the blacksmith numu, also playing the role of diviner and healer, this vertical, stylized crest is represented here with successive arches representing the mane of a male antelope. It would be an animal - genie called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. The Bambara remember the myth through the stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name ci wara means "earth tiger". Worn ...


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Grand Tyiwara, ci wara, vertical
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Sculpture Bamana

Deployed in an imposing format, this sculpture linked to the cult ci wara symbolizes an animal - genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. The latter recall the myth through the stylized representation of a hipporague antelope, whose name ci wara signifies of the earth. The shapes of these cimiers, however, vary from region to region across Mali. This sculpture was probably intended for an altar. Dark skate, mate. Abrasions and cracks.
Ported to the top of the skull and held in place by a sort of small basket, these cimiers accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tion , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks bound the field as they leaped to drive out nyama, evil scents, and to detect any danger, or to flush out evil ...

Mask Ci wara of Bamana
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Sculpted by the blacksmith numu, also playing the role of diviner and healer, this vertical, stylized crest is represented here with the successive arches representing the mane of a male antelope. It would be an animal - genie called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. The Bambara remember the myth through the stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name ci wara means "earth tiger". Wear on the top of the skull and held in place by a basketry toque, these crests accompanied the dancers during the rituals of tòn , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks ran across the field, leaping up and down to chase away the evil scents of the nyama and to detect any danger, or to flush out the evil geniuses who could ravish the souls of ...


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Vertical Crest Ci Wara Bamana
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Ti-wara in African art. It would be an animal - genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. The Bambara remember the myth through the stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name ci wara means " fawn of the earth. Decorated on the head and flanks with strips of oxidized copper engraved with repoussé, the ears and muzzle are adorned with cotton thread pompoms. The tops of the backward sloping horns are also covered with leather and horsehair. This sculpture of Ti wara is thought to come from the Segou region. Matte speckled patina. Carried on the top of the skull and held in place by a kind of small basket, these crest accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tòn , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks ...

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Crest Tyiwara, Ci wara Bamana
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Sculpted by the blacksmith numu, also playing the role of soothsayer and healer, this vertical, stylized crest is represented here with successive arches depicting 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 recall the myth through the stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name ci wara means 'fauve of the earth'. Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a basket-shaped toque, these cimiers accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the ten, an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks bound the field as they leaped to drive out the evil scents of nyama, and to detect any danger, or to flush out evil geniuses that could delight the souls of cultivated ...

Ci Wara Crest Mask
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Saverio African Art Collection.
The graceful curves of this Ci Wara are available here in a rough, clear and matte wood. The stylized antelope, whose name Ci wara or Sogoni kunsogoni kun signifies "fauve of the earth" rises vertically from a base, its small on its back. The metal veneer that accompanies it on the head is dyed a beautiful turquoise blue, revealing in places an underlying red fabric. Pyrogravé motifs dot the horns and heads of the animals. Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a sort of small basket, these cimiers accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tion , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks bound the field as they leaped to drive out nyama, evil scents, and to detect any danger, or to flush out evil geniuses that could ...


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Ci Wara Crest Mask
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In African art, the stylized antelope , hipporague, whose name ci wara signifying fath of the earth rises vertically. His body is covered with fine engraved ornamental motifs, in relation to Bambara mythology. Colored pompoms were attached to the holes in which the ears and nose are pierced. A native repair is visible on the neckline. Patina mated successive libations. Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a sort of small basket, these cimiers accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tion , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks bound the field as they leaped to drive out nyama, evil scents, and to detect any danger, or to flush out evil geniuses that could delight the souls of cultivated plants and the vital force of their seeds.
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Ci Wara Bambara Vertical Crest Mask
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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". The ears and snout are also adorned with cotton yarn pom poms on the head and sides of the oxidized copper slats. The top of the horns tilted backwards is also covered with leather and hair. These characteristics make it possible to attribute it to the stylistic canons of the Ségou region. Speckled matte patina. Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a kind of small basket, these crests accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tun , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks roamed the field, ...

Ci Wara Bambara Crest Mask
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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 ...


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Ci Wara Bamana two-headed crest
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Slender look for this African mask Ci wara: a stylized hippotrague antelope, whose name ci wara means "fauve of the earth" rises vertically from a rectangular base. A second pair of horns, longer, echoes that of the top and extends with an anthropomorphic head with a crest. Metal clips allow the various elements to be slightly mobilized. The room is decorated with triangular patterns and parallel lines that evoke the animal's hairs and braids on the human head. Velvet matte patina, abrasions with protrusions revealing a light wood.br-Carried at the top of the skull and held in place by a kind of small basket, these crests accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the ton , association dedicated to the work Agricultural. The masks roamed the field leaping to drive out the nyama, evil ...

Ciwart horizontal Bambara
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Belonging to the regional type Goso kun , emanating from the Bamako region, this horizontal African mask is covered with parallel incisions and alternating geometric patterns evoking the animal's coat. The tapered ears, in line of the horns, are perforated at regular intervals and garnished with cotton pompoms. The size of the stylized head, with its tapered snout, contrasts with the rest of the body that seems ready to pounce. In the African tribal ritual, worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a cotton cap, these African masks accompanied the dancers dressed in black-fibre tunics, during the rituals of the tun , an association dedicated to the work Agricultural. The fifth initiation society Bambara , Bamana , is called tyiwara (here, cultivate, wara, fawn) and is still ...


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Ci Wara Bambara crest
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Ci Wara mask

Antelope stylized (hyppotrague) , dark patina. The translation means “fawn-coloured ground” Emblem of the tòn, associations intended for agricultural work.The associations tòn, fraternity of age, bring together the young people (boys and girls) of the same septennial age group. Associations with social aim, they helped the most impoverished with the agricultural work. At the time of these works, - preceded by a sacrificator holding a fetish - a couple of masked dancers occurred, Tyiwara “deer of the culture”, accompanied by a mask buffoon. The masks traversed the field while leaping, in order to drive out this one the nyama, malefic emanations, to detect any danger or to flush out the evil geniuses able to steal the heart or the seeds' sinews from the crop plants . The male Tyiwara ...


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Ci wara Bamana crest mask
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Bambara Mask

This model, illustrating one of the stylized variations of Ci Wara, is the representation of a hippoatgue antelope whose high horns are curved backwards. Sculpted by the number, a blacksmith joining the group of craftsmen nyamakala , it has fine parallel incisions evoking the coat and diamonds. Matte patina and black brown dry. Localized abrasions.
Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a kind of small basket or a cotton cap, these crests accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tun , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks roamed the field leaping in order to drive out the nyama, evil scents, and to detect any danger, or to hunt down evil geniuses that could delight the souls of cultivated plants as well as the vital strength of their Seeds. ...


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