Chi Wara Headress Pair :: (M-BAMANA-0002)

$750.00

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Description

A West African classic, Chi Wara headdresses are highly sought after.

Chi Wara headdresses come from the fifth society of the Bamana initiation structure. Worn on top of the head, the zoomorphic figure is a highly stylised antelope. In Bamana folklore, long ago a mythical antelope taught the people how to farm, establishing their agricultural society. The male antelope is a representation of Dega, an originating masculine spirit. The female antelope is often depicted with a babe upon her back, representing the original mother.

They are danced with poles which plough the earth, performing in long head-first sweeping motions. In traditional culture they appear at agriculutral festivals, though in modern times they are worn during many kinds of celebrations.

Mask Information

Country of Origin…………….. Mali
Culture………………………… Bambara
Function……………………….. Protection, Celebration, Prosperity
Dimensions……………………. 97 x 25 x 5cm (female) + 120 x 37 x 7cm (male)

Additional information

Weight 4.5 kg
Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1 cm

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