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chi wara headdress
  • unknown Bamana maker
  • chi wara headdress, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Mali
  • wood, beads, carving, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 37 x 6.5 x 56 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 14 9/16 x 2 1/2 x 22 1/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2947

The stylized antelope figure is in the horizontal style. The head has long horns extending backwards and slightly up. They are decorated with spiralling lines. Two shorter projections at the top of the head are decorated with parallel lines. The ears are directly in front of the horns, each decorated with four loops of beads (2 red and 2 dark blue). There are two chevrons on the nose and two circles for eyes. The remainder of the head, the body and the tail are all decorated with an allover pattern of circles. The short columnar neck is undecorated. Although there is no visible genitalia, this is identified as a male chi wara.