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Bambara mask (N° 21660)
Figurative version of the Ti-wara, Ci wara, in the African art .
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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 "false of the earth". The sculpture is embellished with decorative motifs outlined in copper leaf.
Matt powdery patina.
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 qualities to men and who makes the fruits of the earth grow.
Attached to a basketry headdress and worn on the head, the crests accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tòn , an association dedicated to agricultural work.
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