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Tyi Wara Kun Bambara crest mask (N° 13687)

Ex French tribal art collection.
Bambara in African art. Composite abstract variant of Ci Wara, this tribal art sculpture evoking the antelope is developed into a zoomorphic body with two horizontally extended heads of horns, probably referring to a reference to twinning in the creation of the Bambara world. Underlined with rhombic motifs and parallel incisions, the object was restored in situ using metal staples and vegetable fibers. The matt oily patina is eroded in many places, revealing a clear, desiccated wood. Rectangular metal base. Carried at the top of the skull and held in place by a kind of little basket, these tyiwara masks, more generally crest, accompanied the dancers during the rituals of tòn, an association dedicated to agrarian cults. The masks roamed the field leaping to chase away the nyam, the evil evils, and to detect any danger or to flush out the evil geniuses that could delight the soul of the cultivated plants or the vital force of their seeds.  

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Originex-collection Cordier
Material(s)wood, metal, plant fibre
Weight1.60 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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