A Ci Wara couple, Mali, of the Sikasso/Bougouni region, standing on four short legs supporting an elongated, cylindrical body with a tapering tail and an archaic neck with elaborate openwork mane, the downturned, concave faced head decorated with matal sheets, surmounted by abstract ears and long pointed, slightly bent (the male haeddress) and straight (the female headdress) horns; natural brown to blackened patina, partly shiny, several old repairs, s. detailphotos, collected by Daba Diarra, Segou, Mali.
LaGamma, Alisa, Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2003:109, Bamana, the Art of Existance, Jean-Paul Colleyn (ed.), Rietberg Museum Zürich, Museum for African Art New York, 2001: 201 – 233
“The famous Ci-wara antelope-headdresses, objects of rare elegance, are among the world´s best known pieces of African Art. And ever since Captain Archinard´s shipment to the Musée d´Ethnographie du Trocadero in 1882 0f one such specimen, thousands of other Ci-wara exemplares have been acquired by private collectors and public institutions around the world. Pascal Imerato has provided a useful summary of the two main style-divisions os “Ci-wara heads: “There exist two pricipal sorts of Tyi Wara Koun among the Bamana: The vertical and the horicontal. Within these groups one finds several sub-styles. The vertical forms are encountered in the East of Bamana country; the horizontal in the West.” Imperato 1970.
2.200 – 2.800,- Euro
Height: 96 cm / 92 cm
Weight: 1,5 kg / 1,4 kg
Vintage photo of a Ci Wara dance ceremony, Segou, Mali, around 1920.