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Bamana Headdress, Bamana Peoples, Mali, Circa early 20th century

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H: 17 inches, W: 33 inches

Material: Wood 

Bamana Peoples, Mali


Dance headdress, in the form of antelope, representing the spirit of Chi Wara, 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)


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