H: 17 inches, W: 33 inches
Bamana Peoples, Mali
Dance headdress, in the form of antelope, representing the spirit of Chiwara, who introduced agriculture to the Bamana people. The headdress, attached to a wicker-work cap, are worn in pairs by young men of the "flankura" or cooperating group of farmers who at the time of planting and harvesting dance in imitation of a leaping antelope; in anticipation of good crop yield.
Note: Organic restoration to this piece is visible. Not suitable for shipping. (In-Gallery purchase Only)