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Female Bamana/Bambara Chiwara Carved Wood Figure Headdress/Mask with Cap from Mali

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Bamana/Bambara dancers used these Chiwara headpieces during ceremonies which occurred during pre-planting and harvesting months to portray humanized antelopes. This piece depicts a female antelope with child/offspring and has two long curved horns with pierced openwork designs. Its body is covered with incised decoration, an amazing dark brown patina and includes the original cap resting on a new acrylic base. 

It is a great representation of the vertical style of the Eastern Bamana with openwork carving representing the mane and neck of the antelope. African sculpture such as this will stand out while complementing any décor taste from Coastal, Mid-Century, Wabi Sabi, or one with an Organic Modern Aesthetic.   

Place of Origin: Mali

Date of Manufacture: 1950s-1960s

Condition: Excellent.

Wear: Consistent with age and use. Minor loss to right horn on child/offspring.Please refer to pictures.

Dimensions:

Figure: 34.5 in. H X 2.25 in. W X 8.25 in. D / Hat: 3.25 in. H X 7.25 in. D

Base: 8 in. H X 8 in. D X 1 in. THK / Total42.5 in. H  

Reference: Metmuseum.org > Headdress > Male Antelope (Ci wara). Similar items are featured in the permanent collections at The Met, the Brooklyn Museum, the Johnson Museum at Cornell and the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at University of Illinois. 

Female Bamana/Bambara Chiwara Carved Wood...

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