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Crest Tyiwara, Ci wara Bamana (N° 18176)
Sculpted by the blacksmith numu, also playing the role of soothsayer and healer, this vertical, stylized crest 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 basket-shaped toque, 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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|Origin||ex-collection art africain française|
|Material(s)||wood, metal, peau animale, coton|
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