Segou Ci Wara mask - Bambara - Mali - SOLD OUT

The famous African crest mask Ci Wara / Tyi Wara among the Bambara

In the traditional Bamana culture, the roan antelope, highly admired by the Bambara farmers of this rugged Malian country, has inspired zoomorphic crest masks worn by dancers recounting the traditional myth of the first farmer.

These African crests named Ci wara or Tyi wara figure during the initiatory dances that introduce the young men in the society of the same name Tyi wara.

Couples of young costumed dancers appear wearing these headdresses: one represents the male antelope, the other represents the female antelope.

They are also the respective symbols of the sun and moon, woe to those who intervene when they dance. This pair of Ci wara crests is carved in the style of northern Bambara, in the Segou region. Note the amazing unity between the curve of the horns and the grace of the head and neck of these delicate sculptures.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
128 x 35 cm
Ethnic group
Bambara / Bamana
Wood, metal
Tribal art collection France

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