CIMIER MASK "Ciwara" or "Tyi wara
Style of Bamako
Bambara culture, Mali
First half of the 20th century
Wood, glass beads, skin, metal, seeds and cowries
H.: 34 ; L.: 87 ; W.: 16 cm
Carved crest mask of a stylized male antelope standing on four bent legs banded with sections of skin and adorned with glass bead bracelets. They rest on a circular base constituting the "bonnet" of the mask marked with traces of cutting.
Characteristic of the Bamako style, this Ciwaraposs mask has long horizontal horns with turned decoration, a particularly elongated and openworked snout. Its horseshoe-shaped ears are pierced and adorned with metal buckles to which a chain is attached. Its cylindrical neck, embedded in the body of the anima, is entirely covered with strings of necklaces with various beads, including seeds, glass beads or a skin band supporting cowries.
These masks still dance today. They are usually attached to a basketry cap and worn on top of the head for ceremonies related to agriculture and land fertility. They were danced in pairs, with the male antelope on one side and the female and her calf on the other.
It bears an old label mentioning the provenance.
-Former Jean-Pierre Laprugne collection.
- Former collection of Aristide Courtois, brought back to France in the 1930s.
Delevery information :
All items are sent by registered mail, insured.
Rates on request.
Delivery and installation possible.
8 500 €