- Chi Wara Headdress, (Male and Female) Bamana Peoples, Mali
Bamana Peoples, Mali
H: 44 inches, (48 inches with basket) Male, W: 10 inches; Female H: 39 inches (with basket 43 inches), W: 9 inches
Materials: wood, shells, beads, cloth, brass, hide
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.