Chi Wara Headdresses - Bambara People - Mali - SOLD
The masks honor Chi Wara, a
mythical creature who taught the
Bambara to grow grain. When
crops are hoed, dancers wearing
antelope headdresses leap &
bound over the fields accompanied
by drummers, in order to obtain an
abundant harvest. The larger mask
represents a buck, the smaller, a
female with her baby. The horn is
a symbol of the millet's growth.
They are always worn in pairs to
symbolize the idea of fertility, for
fertile crop growth.
These are priced as a male/female pair. The male Chi Wara is 34" tall, the female is 29" tall. The base of each piece is about 7" in diameter.