CIMIER MASK - Bambara culture, Segou region, Mali - First half of the 20th century

20th century
Tribal Art
From: 93400, Saint-Ouen, France

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    CIMIER MASK " Ciwara " or " Tyi wara
    Style of Segou
    Bambara culture, Segou region, Mali
    First half of the 20th century
    Wood and skin
    H.: 67 ; L.: 19 ; W.: 5 cm

    Monoxyle wooden crest mask carved with a stylized male antelope standing on four legs merged in the same rectangular section base, constituting the "bonnet" of the mask marked with traces of cutting.
    Characteristic of the Segou style, this Ciwara mask has long vertical horns with incised turned decoration, terminated by two inserts of skin, a particularly elongated muzzle pierced at the end, at the level of the nostrils, and finally, a neck pierced with horizontal rods.
    The whole animal is entirely covered with an incised decoration.

    These crest masks are still danced today during ceremonies related to agriculture and the fertility of the land. When they danced in pairs, the male antelope was on one side and the female carrying her calf on her back on the other.
    It has an old label mentioning the origin.

    First photograph: Jean Cadenat (1908 - 1992), Bamako, 1940-1950 © Musée du Quai Branly.

    Text and photos © FCP CORIDON

    Ref.LP : 1014

    Ref: F7M8LF45VG

    Ethnic group Bambara - Bamana
    Style Tribal Art (African Masks of Tribal Art Style)
    Period 20th century (African Masks 20th century)
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 2-3 Business Days
    Location 93400, Saint-Ouen, France

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