Africa | Antelope dance crest "tjiwara" from the Bamana people of Mali | Wood, dark brown patina. Wickerwork base, plant fibers and cowrie shells | The religious and social life of the Bamana people was determined by six initiation communities. Each level of initiation was represented by a special mask type. The "tijwara" headdress belongs to the fifth level. Its members had to encourage a good harvest by celebrating their masquerades.