Vintage Male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
Vintage Male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
Vintage Male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
Vintage Male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
Vintage Male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
Vintage Male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
Vintage Male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
Vintage Male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali
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Vintage Male CHI WARA headdress - BAMANA - Mali

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Bamana Chi-Wara dance headress.

Unfortunately there has been some damage that you can see in the photos but the headress still looks great on display.

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Among the Bamana, oral traditions credit a mythical being named Ci Wara, a divine being half mortal and half animal, with the introduction of agriculture to the Bamana. Bamana society is primarily an agricultural one; even today the majority of Bamana peoples are subsistence farmers. These headdresses, also called ci wara, are carved to honor that original mythical being. Under Ci Wara's guidance, humans first learned to cultivate the land and became prosperous and able farmers. Ci wara headdresses combine antelope features with those of other animals that are significant within Bamana culture, such as the earth-digging aardvark or the armored pangolin. The animals are observed in nature to excel in actions that are also critical to the success of the farming effort and, therefore, Bamana life. These headdresses are also characterized by decoration with pierced openwork designs, which create an interplay between positive and negative space, and finely incised geometric patterns, which add to their texture.