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Ciwara's crest masks are some of the most famous pieces of African art. Incomparable masterpieces of Bamana cultures in Mali and Senoufo in Mali and Ivory Coast.


Ci Wara Crest Mask
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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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Grand masque Ci wara des Bamana
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This variant of the African sculpture Ci Wara des Bambara, Bamana, forms a decorative element prized by collectors. Its size here is larger than usual. In this case, it would be a room for an altar. The coat is engraved with streaks on the surface, and a copper buckle adorns an ear. Patine mate.
Sculpté by the blacksmith numu , also playing the role of soothsayer and healer, this vertical crest, stylized, 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 ...

Ci Wara crest mask
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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 leaping to chase away the nyam, the evil ...


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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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African art > African mask > Ci Wara Mask

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 ...

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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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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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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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