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Ci-wara Headdress – Wood – Bambara – Mali


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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 headdress in good condition. The headdress can`t stand on it`s own.

Provenance: Justin Barthels (1934-2021), gallery owner Maastricht (NL).

Object:  Ci-wara Headdress
Ethnic group: Bambara
Country: Mali
Material: Wood
Estimated period: Mid 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 36x19x5 cm
Weight: 800 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear


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