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Mask crest Ci Wara kun of Bambara (N° 18436)
The Ti-wara, Ci wara, in African art.
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This would be an animal - genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. The latter recall the myth through the stylized representation of a hipporague antelope, whose name ci wara signifies of the earth. In addition to a decoration engraved with fine geometric patterns, the end of the horns is wrapped in leather and hair. Successive arches feature the wide neckline with a mane. The characteristics allow it to be attributed to the stylistic canons of the Ségou region. Light brown patina.
Ported to the top of the skull and held in place by a sort of small basket, these cimiers accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tion , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks bound the field as they leaped to drive out nyama, evil scents, and to detect any danger, or to flush out evil geniuses that could delight the souls of cultivated plants and the vital force of their seeds.
In central and southern Mali, the Bambara Bamana " or unbelievers, as the Muslims have named them, belong to the great Mande group, along with the Soninke and Malinke. Animists, they believe in the existence of a creative god generically called Ngala, who has 266 sacred attributes. One, every day of the 9 lunar months that lasts the gestation of a child. Ngala maintains the order of the universe. Its existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, who has given all the qualities to men and who grows the fruits of the earth.
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