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Settled in central and southern Mali, the Bambara, Bamana, or "unbeliever", a name given to them by the Muslims, belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and Malinke. Animists, they also believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala, who has 266 sacred attributes. One for each day of the 9 lunar months that a child is gestating. Ngala maintains the order of the universe. His existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, master of the Word, who gave all qualities to men and who makes the fruits of the earth grow.


Bamana awale game, Bambara
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This item of the famous African game Awalé (or mancala, or my kpon) presents here a cephalomorphic head with acute features. Twelve holes are laid out and two larger ones are dug at the ends. We played with nuclei, seeds, pebbles or shells. Its surface reveals the herminette strokes of the sculptor Bambara. Frequent manipulations have satin the honey patina of the sculpture. The previous owner chose to place it vertically on a pedestal. Acquired by Guy Mercier, consultant for the Solvay Group, who began to collect a vast collection of African tribal art at the beginning of the 20th century. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection nevertheless comes from \


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Ci wara mask
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This variant of the African mask Ci Wara des Bambara, Bamana, is embellished with a hatched decoration featuring the coat of the antelope, leather fringes, and pompoms attached to the copper slats engraved with the repulsed. Oily matte patina. Desication cracks.
Sculpated by the blacksmith numu , also playing the role of soothsayer and healer, this vertical crest, stylized, is represented here without the successive arches appearing the mane, but with a small on the back since it is a female. 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 ...


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Bamana crest
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The fifth initiatory society Bambara, Bamana, is called tyiwara (here, to cultivate, wara, beast) and is still practiced today in some towns. The crest masks evoking the antelope, oryx or antelope dage depending on the case, are available 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. Belonging to the regional Goso kun type, emanating from the Bamako region, this horizontal crest is dotted with triangular incisions, patterns and hatching evoking the animal's coat. Its tapering ears are perforated at regular intervals. Dark matte patina, abrasions and long desication crack.
Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a kind of small basket, these ...


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Ti wara  Bamana
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Ti wara Bamana

The Ti-wara, crest masks of African art. 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". A stylized version of the Ci Wara, it depicts an animal with a tapered snout topped by horns and straight ears. Dark oiled patina. Abrasions.
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 around the field in order to chase away the nyama, evil effluvia, from it and to detect any danger, or to flush out the evil genies that could take ...


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Ci wara horinzontal crest mask
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Belonging to the regional type Goso kun ,emanating from the Bamako region, this horizontal African mask is covered with parallel incisions evoking the animal's coat. The tapered ears, in line with the horns, are perforated at regular intervals. The size of the stylized head contrasts with the rest of the body, which seems ready to leap. In African tribal ritual, worn atop the skull and held in place by a cotton skullcap, these African masks accompanied dancers dressed in black fiber tunics during the rituals of the tòn, an association dedicated to agricultural work. The fifth initiation society Bambara , Bamana , is called tyiwara ( ci , cultivate, wara , fawn) and is still practiced today in some villages. These crest masks evoking the antelope, oryx or dagé hippotrague ...

Ci Wara figurative Bambara crest mask
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Figurative version of Ti-wara, Ci wara, in African art . 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 "wilderness of the earth". The piece is enhanced with fine decorative motifs embellished with copper flakes.
Matt brown patina, ochre residue.
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 the qualities to men and who makes the fruits of the ...

Ci wara Bambara fetish statuette
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Rare small animal sculpture, miniature in the image of the antelope ci wara worn as a crest during the Bambara festivities. Matte surface inlaid with residual blue pigments. It is said to be an animal-genius who taught the Bambara how to farm. The Bambara remember this myth through the very stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name Ci Wara means "fawn of the earth". Cracks of desiccation.
Base in addition.
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 scents, and to detect any danger, or to flush out the evil genies that could take away ...

Bamana hyena face mask
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African animal mask associated with the secrets of the bush. Lustrous patina of use, abraded on the corners. Cracks of desiccation.
Established in central and southern Mali, in a savannah zone, the Bambara, "Bamana" or "unbelievers" as the Muslims have called them, belong to the large Mande group, along with the Soninke and the Malinke. Mostly farmers, but also breeders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. Groups of Bambara artisans nyamakala , more specifically the blacksmiths named numu , are in charge of sculpting ritual objects, endowed with nyama , occult energy. Using fire and magical objects, the role of healer and diviner is also attributed to them Six male associations, the Dyow , using Bambara masks, structure the Bambara community: young people first ...


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Kono Bambara Mask
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Ex-african art french collection.
Used in the context of the cult of Kono , an ancient initiation society that has spread to Mali and western Burkina Faso, this African mask of Mali embodies the duality of the individual, through a representation endowed with zoomorphic attributes. The function of this object is to try to effectively direct the strength of the fawns "waraw", to attract their protection to promote female fertility and the fertility of the land, to guard against witches and to exercise justice. Characterized by two high parallel ears, with a crenellated edge, hollowed out round eyes and a long open-top jaw, this mask is smeared with coloured pigments and drippings following ritual libations. It is equipped with a pouch fitted with a padlock, in which magic materials ...


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Bambara female statue Jonyeleni
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Bambara

Ex-collection of French African art.
This African figure seems to fit into the category of sculptures featuring a 'little favorite', Dyonyeni, Nyeleni in Bambara, a young girl at the height of her beauty. The head with a crest is traditionally framed by braids. The presentation of an offering cup symbolizes a ritual. The base of the room is damaged.
Beautlyted surface. Dark, oily, locally thinned patina. It is possible to order a suitable base in black wood 18/18 cm.
The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creative god generically called Ngala who possesses 266 sacred attributes: one for each day of the 9 lunar months that lasts the gestation of a child. Ngala maintains ...

Mask Ci wara of Bamana
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Sculpted by the blacksmith numu, also playing the role of diviner and healer, this vertical, stylized crest is represented here with the successive arches representing the mane of a male antelope. It would be an animal - genie called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. The Bambara remember the myth through the stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name ci wara means "earth tiger". Wear on the top of the skull and held in place by a basketry toque, these crests accompanied the dancers during the rituals of tòn , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks ran across the field, leaping up and down to chase away the evil scents of the nyama and to detect any danger, or to flush out the evil geniuses who could ravish the souls of ...


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Masque Bamana Ci Wara Kun
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Bambara Mask

It would be about an animal-genius who would have taught agriculture to the Bambara who remember this myth through the very stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name Ci Wara means "fawn of the earth". This sculpture rises from a circular basket in wickerwork, stretched with a textile. It has a tapered muzzle, high horns, and successive arches representing the broad neck bearing a mane. The characteristics make it possible to attribute it to the stylistic canons of the Segou region. Matt dark brown patina.
Carried on the top of the skull and held in place by a sort of small basket, these crest accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tòn, an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks would run across the field, jumping up and down to chase ...


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Ci Wara Bamana Vertical Crest Mask
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Sogoni kun Bambara

Gracious Ti Wara in African art.
Rare figurative variant of the mask ci wara or sogoni kun according to the regions, harmoniously combining geometric elements, an animal figure, and a couple figure. The ornamentation is in the form of copper leaf cuts, pellets and triangles applied on the wood. Dark patina, ochre residues. Cracks of desiccation.
It would be an animal-genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. The Bambara remember the myth through the stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name ci wara means " fawn of the earth". Carried on the top of the skull and held in place by a sort of small basket, these crest accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tòn , an association dedicated to ...

Ci wara Bambara Crest Mask
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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 ...


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Bambara mask of Kono
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Supporting the teaching of the kono, this clean mask of the Bamana, Bambara, extends from two parallel planks constituting the jaw or trunk of an elephant. It also has two high tapered ears, one of which is damaged. Crusty skate craquelée.br />Etablis in central and southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara , Bamana (c) or unbelievers, as the Muslims have named them, belong to the great Mande group, along with the Soninke and Malinke. The groups of craftsmen bambara nyamakala , more specifically the blacksmiths named numu , are in charge of the sculpture of ritual objects, endowed with the nyama , occult energy. Using fire and magical objects, the role of healer and soothsayer is also assigned to them. Their powers are passed on to their wives, who alone have the right to produce ...


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Ci wara Bambara horizontal crest
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The fifth initiation society Bambara , Bamana , is called tyiwara (here, cultivate, wara, fawn) and is still practiced today in some villages. These cimiers masks evoking the antelope, oryx or hippotrague daged depending on the case, come vertically and horizontally. Introducing themselves to the public in pairs, male and female, the wearers of the masks adopt a symbolic choreography in relation to agriculture. Belonging to the regional type Goso kun, emanating from the Bamako region, this horizontal crest is dotted with triangular incisions, patterns and hatches evoking the animal's coat. Its slender ears are punctured at regular intervals. Dark matte patina, abrasions and slight misses.
Ported to the top of the skull and held in place by a sort of small basket, these cimiers ...

Ci Wara Bamana Crest Mask
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The Ti-wara in African art. 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 hipporague antelope, whose name ci wara signifies of the earth. Decorated on the head and the sides of metal veneers engraved with repulsed, the ears and snout are also embellished with pom poms of cotton thread attached to pearls. The top of the horns tilted backwards is also sheathed with leather and hair. This vertical sculpture of Ci Wara is shown here with successive arches depicting the mane, so it is a male antelope. Masks usually danced as a couple. Mate patina, scattered abrasions.
Ported to the top of the skull and held in place by a basket-shaped toque, these cimiers ...


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Masque Bamana du Ntomo
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This mask of the ntomo , an initiation society of uncircumcised young people spread in the Niger River region, is considered a male mask, given its six horns. Most of these masks are coated with charred charcoal powder. This mask appears mainly during the harvest season. It is particularly distinguished by its metallic highlights that highlight the organs and contrast with the black surface.
Establishes in central and southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara ," Bamana " or " unbelievers ", as the Muslims have named them, belong to the great Mande group, along with the Soninke and Malinke. Mainly farmers, but also herders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. Animists, they believe the existence of a god requires the gestation of a child. Ngala maintains the order of ...


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Bambara Cane
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A ritual instrument used in the fourth iniatic section of the Koré des Bamana society, Bambara, this cane is named, like the horse mask, Kore Duga or the vautour du Kore.
The name of the mask refers to the satirical behaviour of the dancer-buffoon who rides the stick during his performance. It has various objects associated with the knowledge provided by the Koré, the last initiation society of the Bamana.
The handle sculpted in the shape of a horse's head was then plated with metal sheets. A decorative linear nailing attaches the ornaments to the wood. The hair also simulates a hair. The lower end is sheathed with leather and ends in a fibre top.
Dark brownpatine.


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Ntomo Bambara Mask
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French African art collection.
This African mask of the ntomo, an initiation society of uncircumcised young people widespread in the Niger River region, is considered a male mask, given the six horns, one of which is missing. This mask appears mainly during the harvest season. At the top appears the effigy of Nyeleni , the ideal wife of the initiates after circumcision. This old copy has erosions and shortcomings, it is accessorized with a two-tone canvas hood fringed with cotton stamps. Matte patina abraded.
Establishes in central and southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara ," Bamana " or " unbelievers ", as the Muslims have named them, belong to the great Mande group, along with the Soninke and Malinke. Mainly farmers, but also herders, they make up the largest ethnic ...


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Bambara Mask
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A narrow forehead under which the slits of the gaze are lodged, a buzzed nose highlighted by two scarified ribs and a reduced mouth almost evoking the beak of a bird. This unconventional mask, however, echoes the general conventions of Bambara sculpture, with an emphasis on the nasal organ. Dark, grainy, ochre-encrusted skate.
Lack on the posterior outline.
The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, such as the Soninke and Malinke. 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. Six male associations, the Dyow, using Bambara masks, structure the Bambara community: young people first enter the circumcision society ...


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