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chi wara headdress
  • unknown Bamana maker
  • chi wara headdress, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Mali
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 111.5 x 7 x 33 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 43 7/8 x 2 3/4 x 13 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2810
Label Text

The stylized male antelope has a relatively small body, decorated with a band of small squares. It has a large, angular head. There are parallel zigzag lines down 2/3 of the face, flanked by rows of small triangles. There are horizontal rows across the forehead. The long ears are cross hatched on the top 2/3 and there are parallel zigzag lines on the bottom 1/3. The long horns, curve slightly at the top, and are decorated with spiraling lines. The neck curves and has four arches behind it, connected by zigzags, all decorated with small squares. The most posterior arch has a row of fin-like projections, each with two incised lines.