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Ci wara Bambara Crest Mask (N° 18296)

Exceptional for its finesse of execution, this sculpture is fixed on a circular basket that came to style the dancer. Engraved with fine decorative motifs, the ears and snout are also embellished with pearls. The female antelope carries its cub on its back, whose successive arches are the mane. Mate brown patina.
It would be a genius animal who taught agriculture to the Bambara. The latter recalls this myth through the highly stylized representation of a hipporatrague antelope, whose name Ci Wara means 'wild of the earth'. 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 Er, 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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Originex-collection française.
EthnyBamana
Countrymali
Material(s)wood, perles, vannerie, textile
Height93
Width17
Weight1.10 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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