Malian Chiwara female antelope headdress on a custom stand (c. 1900)
A bold wood headdress of a female antelope, an iconic ritual figure in the Bamana society of Mali in West Africa. The Chiwara antelope is a ritual object worn as a headpiece during ceremonial dances held at sowing and harvest. The dance is performed with paired male and female antelopes and is a symbol of fertility and fruitfulness of the fields. The figure is presented on a custom mount.
Mali, West Africa, circa 1900.
Condition: Good original condition and presented on a custom contemporary mount. Wear commensurate with age and use.
Dimensions: 11” L x 4" W x 34” H
Tear sheets are available on request.
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