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Cimier Bambara Tyi Wara Kun Mask (N° 19743)

Ex-collection African art from Belgium.
Work having participated in numerous exhibitions in the United States. Belonging to the regional Goso kun type, emanating from the Bamako region, this horizontal crest is studded with triangular incisions, patterns and crosshatching evoking the animal's coat. Its tapered ears are perforated at regular intervals. Dark matte patina.
Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a sort of small basket, these crests accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tòn, an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks would leap across the field to chase away the nyama, evil effluvia, and to detect any danger, or to flush out the evil genies that could steal the soul of the cultivated plants as well as the vital force of their seeds.
The fifth Bambara initiation society, Bamana, is called tyiwara (ci, to cultivate, wara, fawn) and is still practiced today in some villages. These crest masks evoking the antelope, oryx or hippotrague dagé according to the case, are declined vertically and horizontally. Presenting themselves to the public in pairs, male and female, the wearers of the masks adopt a symbolic choreography related to agriculture.  

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OriginEx-collection Polargo 1962 - Caldwell - 1978 - Malisse 2003
Material(s)wood, copper
Weight0.58 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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