Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

chi wara headdress
  • Bamana peoples
  • chi wara headdress, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Mali
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 22 x 5 x 67 cm measured as is
    Object Height/Width/Length: 8 5/8 x 1 15/16 x 26 3/8 in measured as is
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2927
Multimedia
Description

The horizontal style chi wara is a stylized antelope figure with a very long, curling tail and two long, straight horns. The figure's head is stylized with two small ears and two raised circles for eyes. The body is arched and decoreated with sets of diagonal parallel lines. The legs are bent. There is no genitalia present, though it appears a penis may once have been present. The horns are long and striaght, decorated with spiralling lines, and are directed along the animal's back. The tail is also decorated with spiralling lines, and doubles back on itself two times.

This is currently broken into four pieces consisting of most of the animal, one horn, a short segment of tail, and a longer segment of tail.