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Africa | Bamana masked dancer.  The Chi Wara is tied to the top of the head and then the face and body is covered in a costume of natural grasses. The honoring of the Chi Wara himself is most important in the festival, so the body of the dancer is hidden. The long thin strands of raffia remind the farmers of the rain that they need for a good harvest. | Photographer unknown

Africa | Bamana masked dancer. The Chi Wara is tied to the top of the head and then the face and body is covered in a costume of natural grasses. The honoring of the Chi Wara himself is most important in the festival, so the body of the dancer is hidden. The long thin strands of raffia remind the farmers of the rain that they need for a good harvest. | Photographer unknown

Bamana Abstracted Zigzag Chiwara Antelope Sculpture, Mali. Previously in the collections of two of the great connoisseurs of African art of the twentieth century, Charles Ratton and William Rubin.

Bamana Abstracted Zigzag Chiwara Antelope Sculpture, Mali. Previously in the collections of two of the great connoisseurs of African art of the twentieth century, Charles Ratton and William Rubin.

ARTENEGRO Gallery with African Tribal Art » Chi Wara

ARTENEGRO Gallery with African Tribal Art » Chi Wara

African Aged Bamana Chiwara Headdress    Want this.

African Aged Bamana Chiwara Headdress Want this.

Bambara dancers with Chiwara headdress representing antelope to promote fertile and abundant crops, Mali

Bambara dancers with Chiwara headdress representing antelope to promote fertile and abundant crops, Mali

BAMANA AUFSATZMASKE Mali. H 83 cm. Publiziert in: lisofon, Eliot, Fagg, William (1958). La Sculpture Africaine. New York: Frederick A. Praegr. Seite 48, Abb. 42. - See more at: http://www.artauctions.ch/auktionen/alle-auktionen/auktions-objekte/auction/28.06.2010/#sthash.KChSo6cd.dpuf

BAMANA AUFSATZMASKE Mali. H 83 cm. Publiziert in: lisofon, Eliot, Fagg, William (1958). La Sculpture Africaine. New York: Frederick A. Praegr. Seite 48, Abb. 42. - See more at: http://www.artauctions.ch/auktionen/alle-auktionen/auktions-objekte/auction/28.06.2010/#sthash.KChSo6cd.dpuf

Africa | 'Chiwara'; Antelope headdress from the Bamana people of Mali | Wood and pigments | ca. 1960s or earlier

Africa | 'Chiwara'; Antelope headdress from the Bamana people of Mali | Wood and pigments | ca. 1960s or earlier

Africa | Dance crest "Chiwara" from the Bamana people of Mali | Wood

Africa | Dance crest "Chiwara" from the Bamana people of Mali | Wood

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