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Large Female Bamana/Bambara Chiwara Carved Wood Figure Headdress/Mask 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 two children/offspring and has two long curved horns. Its body is covered with incised decoration, an amazing dark brown patina and is mounted on an 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 Mid-Century, Coastal, Boho, Wabi Sabi, or Organic Modern.  

Place of Origin: Mali

Date of Manufacture: 1950s-1960s

Condition: Very Good

Wear: Crack in wood between first child/offspring and mother's back which is consistent with age and use. Additional crack in body of mother that has been repaired - piece is structurally sound. Please refer to pictures.

Dimensions:

Figure: 39 in. H X 3.00 in. W X 13.5 in. D / Base: 2 in. H X 5n in. W X 9 in. L

Total: 41 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.

Large Female Bamana/Bambara Chiwara Carved...

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