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Ci-wara crest - Wood - Bambara - Mali - Asian African Art
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Ci-wara crest – Wood – Bambara – Mali


Mid 20th century – Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object:Ci-wara crest
Ethnic group/ culture:Bambara
Region/ country:Mali
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:60×19×9 cm
Weight:1500 g

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Bambara carvers have established a reputation for the zoomorphic headdresses worn by Chi-Wara society members. Although they are all different, they all display a highly abstract body, often incorporating a zig-zag motif, which represents the sun`s course from east to west, and a head with two large horns. Bambara members of the Chi-Wara society wear the headdress while dancing in their fields at sowing time, hoping to increase the crop yield.

Great tribaly used Chi-Wara crest. Good condition, one horn contains a small crack in the wood.