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Bambara Ci Wara Kun Mask (N° 14201)
It would be an animal-genius who would have taught agriculture to the Bambara who remember this myth through the very stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name Ci Wara means 'fauve of the earth'.
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Ornée on the head and the sides of metal veneers engraved with repulsions, the ears and snout are also embellished with cotton pompoms. Successive arches feature the wide neckline with a mane. Metal strips, engraved and chiseled, line the flanks and forehead. The characteristics allow it to be attributed to the stylistic canons of the Ségou region. Mate and speckled brown patina.
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 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 plants and the life force of their seeds.
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